This guest column in the New York Times ranks as the best article I’ve read in that publication in 10 years of near daily perusal. A quote:
It is the last evening of the marine ecology course my wife and I teach each year at a field station in Bahía de Los Ángeles, a small fishing village on the Gulf of California. We’ve invited four local fishermen to join us for dinner, and they sit now in plastic chairs on our patio — the guests of honor, with a dozen college kids gathered before them like disciples.
The eldest of the fishermen, Memo, rubs his grizzled chin in somber recollection, for one of our students has just asked a pointed and painful question: Which species have disappeared in his lifetime?
Solemnly, as though he’s reciting the names of his own deceased ancestors, Memo begins: the sea cucumbers, the fan clam, the lion’s paw scallop . . . . He’s working his way back in time, I think, moving from the most recently vanished toward the creatures that disappeared when he was a child.
The ocean, managed properly could have been a resource for all. It still can to some extent, but not without proper management. That management can start with you, if you make the choice to eat less seafood:
- Go to the sushi bar one less time a month, (that shouldn’t be hard to do in this economy.)
- Be careful about the fish you order.
- Don’t eat shrimp unless they are farm raised
- Eat only vegetables and grains two nights a week or more.
- Try to make those vegetables organic, they create less pesticide run-off into the streams, into the ocean.
It’s not difficult, it saves you money, and it could save many species for Memo for you and for me.