The End of Fish

Cardona,Rizaljf5207 01Amy Novogratz and Mike Velings, co-founders of Aqua-Spark, an investment fund focused on sustainable aquaculture, write about the inevitable end of fish as we plunder the oceans, at the Washington Post:

People are getting more adventurous with how they eat, and when it comes to seafood, this means exhaustively looking to every exotic corner for the best, newest and tastiest fish. Also, the stuff is delicious. Seafood is a critical portion of more than 3 billion people’s diets. Already, 90 percent of U.S. seafood is imported.

This can’t last. The oceans are stretched, and certain fish species are approaching depletion. Leading scientists project that if we continue to fish this way, without allowing our oceans time to recover, our oceans could become virtual deserts by 2050. That’s just 36 years from now. Given that demand for seafood – along with the world’s population – is rising, don’t be surprised if this window closes even faster. Make your peace with fish, because it may not last much longer.

We’re not biologists and we’re not scientists, but in 2010 – aboard the TED Prize Mission Blue voyage to the Galapagos – we joined 100 of the world’s leading ocean scholars and advocates. The expedition, led by National Geographic explorer and that year’s TED Prize winner, Dr. Sylvia Earle, made us acutely aware of the overfishing crisis.

If this sounds alarmist, look at the data. The Census of Marine Lifeconcluded in 2010 that 90 percent of the large fish are gone, primarily because of overfishing. This includes many of the fish we love to eat, like Atlantic salmon, tuna, halibut, swordfish, Atlantic cod. If we don’t allow for proper recovery, these fish risk total extinction…

[continues at the Washington Post]


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40 Comments on "The End of Fish"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Jun 4, 2014 at 5:05 pm |

    If you don’t live by the ocean, stop fucking eating seafood. Red Lobster is a scourge upon the earth.

    • Echar Lailoken | Jun 4, 2014 at 5:21 pm |

      What about Joe’s Crab Shack? Mini scourge?

    • Sorry, but I live in the Midwest and like my seafood. They should get it all from aquaculture and fast growing GMO’s.

      • Oh jeeze this guy argues that pesticide consumption is safe and now he wants us to eat GMO fish. Dude you are on the wrong website go troll somewhere else you indoctrinated fool. You are a typical wasteful american unwilling to change your life style and expect corporate America to rape the environment to supply your lifestyle.

        • farbauti | Jun 5, 2014 at 4:52 am |

          No, he’s right.

          Wild fish is the only fish you should ever eat, and that should only be from sources that you can verify and can deliver the biodegradable oil-proteins to you within 48 hours, without refrigeration.

          It’s really simple. Fish shit. Oils decay. Refrigerated oils change.

      • Anarchy Pony | Jun 4, 2014 at 7:29 pm |

        Sorry but you need to live in the real world and eat a regionally appropriate diet. You get desperate you can eat muskie out of the great lakes. Or move to the coast.

        • “a regionally appropriate diet” would mean widespread famine every decade or so … no I think I’ll forgo that one.

          FYI: there arent many muskies in the great lakes.

          • kowalityjesus | Jun 5, 2014 at 9:09 pm |

            It’s true. Great Lakes were scourged by overfishing in 17-1800s, and today by invasive species and pollution. They are still geologically “new” habitats, and thus very slow growing, so the disturbance from white men was particularly deleterious to lake life.

          • A lot of Salmon and Trout though … I dont think Muskies were ever in the Great Lakes in any quantity.

    • Red Lobster is the McDonald’s of seafood. Ick, ick, and ick.

      • Yea i agree about Red Lobster, but Obviously you dont have a fast food chain called, “long john silver’s” where you live. Its literally fast food seafood. I have never eaten there in my life because i think catfood has more fish that is fit for human consumption than this place serves.

        • We had one two hours away: it promptly went out of business.
          We live in the boonies so we catch our own fish. I just can’t bring myself to eat crayfish, though. They’re too funny. Fish aren’t funny at all and nothing beats fresh brook trout for breakfast.

          • kowalityjesus | Jun 5, 2014 at 9:06 pm |

            wow, you must really live in the boonies. I would get brook trout in the stream by my cabin, but the temp is too high these days from a beaver dam as well as turbidity due to development on the feeder lake.

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        • RevOleson | Jun 5, 2014 at 11:43 am |

          “Literally fast food seafood”? What’s that mean? Nonsense

          • Its a fast food restaurant that serves primarily seafood. Duh? It was said that red lobster is like the McDonald’s of sea food and its an actual sit down restaurant and at least the food is cooked on the spot long john silvers is an actual fast food restaurant.

  2. Lookinfor Buford | Jun 4, 2014 at 6:36 pm |

    Remember, shark-genocide means more fish for us. Plus safer surfers.

  3. With ocean acidification and rising murcury levels in the ocean before we are able to catch and eat all the aquatic life, we probably will end up just killing off ocean aquatic life that cant adapt to the lower PH levels we are causing or the fish that do survive will be too contaminated with murcury to be fit for human consumption. Also the murcury contaminated fish is assuming they can even survive higher levels of murcury exposure.

    • Anarchy Pony | Jun 4, 2014 at 8:04 pm |

      Hey, after the ocean’s dead we can just strip mine the hell out of the ocean floor. They’re already building the toys to do it.

      • Fuck yes more access to raw minerals and resources. Who needs protein when you can just chew on a chunk gold or copper or whatever minerals they find.

        • Anarchy Pony | Jun 4, 2014 at 8:26 pm |

          Who needs nutritional sustenance when you can have mineral wealth?

          • This seems perfectly reasonable. Sustenance is just a crutch, weak people just need to use their will power to over come this.

          • mannyfurious | Jun 4, 2014 at 9:08 pm |

            Hey, it’s not anyone but the poor’s fault that they don’t think of this shit first….

          • Yes the obvious solution to their problem is they need to just stop being poor.

        • Gordon Klock | Jun 4, 2014 at 10:56 pm |

          I seem to recall someone saying that the P.T.B. are like an evil, foolish, baby trying to calculate the value of it’s own umbilical chord…..

      • farbauti | Jun 5, 2014 at 4:36 am |

        They’re not even building the toys, they are deploying them, as we speak. The Chinese have already started off the coast of Papua New Guinea.

        There’s enough gold there to make Klondyke blush. Which means gold just went down the shitter. Go Chinese!

        Oceans won’t like it, but hey, that’s capitalism.

  4. BuzzCoastin | Jun 4, 2014 at 8:53 pm |

    the Hawaiian people ate a lot of fish
    60% were fresh water fish they grew in taro ponds
    another 30% came from shoreline fish ponds
    the rest were deep sea fish
    even with that
    certain fish could only be caught during certain times
    they were also a culture without money & a profit motive

    • mannyfurious | Jun 4, 2014 at 9:07 pm |

      Sounds like hell on earth. Bunch of heathens. Thank Jeeeesus that the white man brought capitalism and colonialism, otherwise, without a profit motive, where would there sense of ethics come from?

      • BuzzCoastin | Jun 4, 2014 at 9:37 pm |

        100 years after Capt Crook
        95% of the Hawaiians were dead
        95% of everything eaten in Hawai’i
        including fish
        is imported

  5. Gordon Klock | Jun 4, 2014 at 10:52 pm |

    I live in the midwest, yet I have always loved seafood, we even have a fish market for sushi-grade fresh fish, yet I have not eaten any in years, due mainly to stated ecological concerns, & especially after the gulf disaster, & Fukushima spilling radioactive death every day. I’m bummed that people can’t change their habits ( I sorely miss things like fresh mackerel, & raw oysters ) but it really looks to me like the oceans are dying a bit more every day, & if they go, so will most if not all of everything else.( oceans being like the cornerstone of most, if not all living matter, & all )…..

    • farbauti | Jun 5, 2014 at 4:27 am |

      The mackerel you can get is mainly an atlantic species. “sushi-grade fresh fish” is more than three days old, refrigerated and ruined. It literally taste like shit.

    • Matt Staggs | Jun 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm |

      I live down south, and the Gulf of Mexico is just a few hours away. Everyone down there knows that it’s still poisoned, but BP continues their propaganda campaign regardless.

  6. farbauti | Jun 5, 2014 at 4:32 am |

    Yeah, aqua-culture as the salvation of humanity, my ass. They put out as much sewage as humans. They consume 10:1 in edible proteins. They literally taste like sewage, compared to fresh wild fish. Time-to-market for farmed fish is slightly better than wild fish, but they appear to decay 4 times as quickly.

    Someone just got on the gravy-train with a “green” show.

  7. Tuna Ghost | Jun 5, 2014 at 4:37 am |

    Shit, fish is the only meat in my diet. Good thing I live in Tokyo; these guys will eat any goddam thing that swims in the ocean and go to great lengths to get it

    • Tuna Ghost | Jun 5, 2014 at 4:40 am |

      “Good thing” being a relative term, of course. Fukushima and all that.

  8. Redstart | Jun 5, 2014 at 1:27 pm |

    Another obvious reason to become vegetarian. Sure, seafood and meats are yummy (I became a veg at 38, for spiritual reasons), but there’s no need to kill animals to live a healthy life. Except maybe if you’re Inuit.

  9. Dread Raider | Jun 6, 2014 at 12:39 am |

    The fish would eat us if we gave them the chance.

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