A Long Unicycle Ride

One of the bright spots these past few years for the environment has been the awareness and change towards saving seafood species. Greenpeace deserves a ton of credit for this.  Since recently launching their seafood sustainability ratings of retailers, they have had a huge impact.
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Back in 2008 when the ratings included smaller, regional chains, MOM’s was rated higher than any other chain in the US (a score of 8), while all other major chains received a “fail” score.  MOM’s continues to sell only sustainable seafood- from our frozen filets to our fish sticks and canned sardines.

Four years since Greenpeace’s first report, chains such as Safeway, Whole Foods, and Wegman’s have made great strides over the years and, surprisingly, MOST chains have made progress and are now passing.

This is excellent news and is already having a big impact.  Fish, crabs, oysters- most seafood multiply like insects, laying millions of eggs at a time.  The rebound in populations can be astonishingly quick.  We here in Maryland saw how quickly the blue crab population came back in the Chesapeake after only 2 years of regulations disallowing she-crab harvesting.

I was thumbing through Supermarket News recently and came across this ad.

photo(18)It’s fascinating to me how there is opposition to EVERY good cause.  It’s important to be aware of this.  Activism is like riding a unicycle- once you stop, you fall over.  In the face of opposition, being complacent and not working to improve things is akin to supporting those who are doing bad things, because an oppositional force is always at work.

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7 Responses to A Long Unicycle Ride

  1. Catherine Turner says:

    Orwell got it all right but the date. We need to keep pedaling; at the same time, it’s encouraging to note that such tactics apparently backfired in the presidential election. Some people do think and check facts; some never will.

    • Scott says:

      Catherine- you’ll like this video. It has a good message at the end that essentially says we need to have a reasonable debate from both sides.

  2. Ellen says:

    The Tunafortomorrow.com. Who are these people? Don’t they see the benefits of these initiatives. I grew up in Florida we ate all kinds of seafood. When I moved to Maryland you were not allowed to fish for Rockfish. That sounded so bizarre to me. It took years and years to get the population of Rockfish back, but it worked. If something had not been done, the industry would have fished them into extinction.

  3. Scott says:

    Ellen- I once was on a chartered fishing boat and the captain complained to me about “those damn environmentalists and their regulations.” And when Maryland passed the crab regulations, it was the fishermen who were the most upset about it.

    I’m amazed, stunned actually, at how short-sighted these people can be. Without these regulations, they’d all be out of a job.

    Good news, btw- there were recent regulations passed protecting the all-important menhaden. It’s long overdue as they are a fish that are important to the ecosystem.

  4. canada goose says:

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  5. Scott says:

    btw- This recent report just came out saying that the Pacific bluefin stock is down to less than 4% of what it was when they first started to be fished… http://science.time.com/2013/01/11/the-pacific-bluefin-tuna-is-almost-gone/?xid=rss-topstories. Doesn’t sound like groups like TunaForTomorrow.com are gonna have much tuna for tomorrow unless they start supporting sustainability.

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