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Educating the public about toxins in white croaker fish

Don't croak early, SoCal fishermen!: Thanks to unregulated dumping of DDT and PCBs into Southern California sewers between the 1950s and '70s, fish caught off-shore from Los Angeles can have high concentrations of toxins. The white croaker, a fish popular with SoCal's Asian community, is particularly good...

The lesson of ‘less’: Why ‘The End of the Line’ seafood documentary doesn’t go far enough

By Twilight Greenaway I walked out of the screening of “The End of the Line” feeling deeply uneasy. Most of my discomfort had been carefully orchestrated by the film’s director, Rupert Murray, who filled the 80 minutes with straight-talking scientists and image upon image of wild fish being violently...

Boston-area residents snap up Community Supported Fishery program

Ah, but there's a catch: Taking a cue from Community Supported Agriculture programs, fishing groups in the Northeast are letting consumers buy shares in exchange for weekly allotments of local, fresh catch. Nearly 1,000 Boston-area residents will receive their first batch of wild-caught fish this month...

Good fish, bad fish? Who knows

What's the catch? Hard to tell: The bad news is that restaurants and fish suppliers across the country are regularly substituting cheaper varieties of fish for more-expensive catches. The good news is that the names on the menu, such as grouper and red snapper, seem frequently to match those on the "Avoid"...

Nobu’s no-no: The rise and fall of the bluefin tuna

With the Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin stocks plummeting to shockingly low levels, chef and restaurateur Nobu Matsuhisa (24 prestigious restaurants around the world) is under pressure from a battalion of critics to remove the fish from his menu until populations are sustainable. So far, Nobu's...

Mark Bittman on “eating fish as a treat”

A boatload of guilt: Times columnist Mark Bittman has a terrific piece about how his lifelong love affair with seafood has gradually turned into an amicable separation. "Sadly, the list of fish that I don’t eat is much longer than the list of fish that I do," he writes, continuing that he considers arguing...

Sardinistas! Love the little fish with the big impact

Falling hard for pilchards: Jane Black gives some attention to the sardine, a much maligned fish these days. Sardines are a relatively good choice for many reasons — they are high in Omega 3's, low in mercury and PCBs, they reproduce relatively quickly, and the California sardine fishery is currently well...

Can aquaculture feed the world with protein sustainably?

Swimming in controversy: In a world of growing population and shrinking ocean resources, aquaculture is often touted as a necessary tool for food production. And yet many criticize the damage that aquaculture does to wild ecosystems, its use of chemicals, and other unsavory practices. Environmental Health...

Farmed fish have low levels of PCBs and other toxins

One win for aquaculture…some, anyway: Scientists from the Netherlands measured concentrations of several halogenated toxins in tilapia, pangasius, shrimp, salmon, trout, and shrimp that were farmed in several places around the world. Such toxins included Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine...

Lack of hippo manure tips ecosystem into failure

Hippo-suction: From Lake Edward in war-torn central Africa comes another example of the complexity of nature. The lake was once a rich and reasonably well-managed source of fish for the region, but now fishing nets are coming up empty. Reasons include unlicensed boats, fishing in the normally off-limits...

Dan Barber’s fish tale at the Brooklyn Food Conference

A healthy ecoseastem: Chef and lyrical speaker/writer Dan Barber gave one of his amazing lectures at the Brooklyn Food Conference, and some little agtivist angel has transcribed it for those of us who weren't there. Barber tells a love story about two fish: one that he had to throw back into the sea-based...

Dow Chemical should catch hell

Walleye from the Chemical guys: In spite of Michigan's restrictive walleye consumption advisories, Dow Chemical — the company responsible for the dioxins that contaminated the local watershed — sponsors a Walleye Festival that promotes sport fishing in the polluted waterway. Although Dow promised to pay for...

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