World Oceans Day
June 8th, 2012
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

June 8 is World Oceans Day - make a splash to promote sustainable seafood and help fight overfishing!

There’s a long-standing debate over the merits of farm-raised or wild-caught fish. Both sides have pros and cons - they affect the environment in good and bad ways, one is a more natural product than the other, and one costs less than the other. Whatever your preference, it can’t be denied that the world’s seafood industry is facing a huge problem - sustainability.

Sustainable seafood is essentially seafood that is caught in a way that either maintains or increases their population size. Mostly this means through farming, but wild fish can also be sustainable.

The World Wildlife Fund estimates that since 1990, 75% of the world’s fish population has been over-exploited. This is both bad news for the fish species that’s dwindling, as it could face extinction, as well as for the families relying on the fishing industry to make a living.

How can you help? Get educated. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program has a handy pocket guide that tells you if the fish you’re buying is sustainable or not. It’s also available as an iPhone app.

Some basic practices when buying fish to ensure you’re cooking with a clean conscience – try your best to buy local, especially if you live on a coast, and find a good fishmonger, someone you can trust and who’s been trained properly.

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  1. richard Arterbury

    World Oceans Day 2013
    Returns June 2013

    Join us for a celebration of the amazing ecosystem that covers 70 percent of our planet. You'll learn about the treasures of the ocean, the threats it faces and what we can do to keep it healthy. Together we have the power to protect the Ocean!

    World Oceans Day 2013

    Returns June 2013

    Join Aquarium Reef Corals for a celebration of the amazing ecosystem that covers 70 percent of our planet. You'll learn about the treasures of the ocean, the threats it faces and what we can do to keep it healthy. Together we have the power to protect the Ocean!

    World Oceans Day is an international observance that's recognized by the United Nations and commemorated at aquariums, zoos, schools and conservation organizations across the globe. Join Aquarium Reef Corals @ Nye Beach June 8th for our celebration, starting by cleaning the beach from 10. AM to 1.pm, all day Children’s work, shops sponsored by Dr. Seuss themes. We will have a Treasure Hunting contest, Castle building projects and a possible view of our wonderful Oregon Sunset. Please join us for all day fun with drawings and many prize giveaways. Together we have the power to protect the Ocean. Please Register at http://aquariumreefandcorals.eventbrite.com or http://AquariumReefCorals.com

    April 8, 2013 at 1:23 am |
  2. Paolo Bray

    Hi, I am founder and director of Friend of the Sea (www.friendofthesea.org). We come from a long experience in the Dolphin-Safe tuna program. We are really dedicated to conservation. Our NGO certifies products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Audit are run by independent certfiication bodies and based on Friend of the Sea strict requirements. A good 40% of applications do not acheive certification. Some products are now available also in the USA. Currently 300 companies from 50 countries worldwide rely on FOS to assess the sustainability of their products origin. If you want to help, choose FOS certified products. Thank you!

    June 11, 2012 at 6:19 am |
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    Thanks for some other informative web site. The place else may I am getting that kind of info written in such an ideal manner? I've a project that I am just now running on, and I have been on the look out for such info.

    June 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  4. MarkGlicker

    Some tofu Sushi is sounding good though.

    June 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
  5. palintwit

    Most rednecks prefer to get their bagging and birthing done by Friday. This leaves the weekend free to go to Walmart for guns and ammo, to string more barbed wire around their double wides, and to boink their cousins

    June 9, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • peridot2

      Relevant to topic how?

      June 12, 2012 at 2:41 am |
  6. This or that

    I dated this chick once that smelled like that picture.

    June 8, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  7. ZnHcats

    The whole world should stop fishing for a few years, let the oceanic ecosystems adjust by itself, fish and other oceanic life will come back.
    A lot of farm grown fish are not safe to eat, in order to encourage the fish grew faster and bigger,a friend who knew the industry told me they put birth control pills to feed the fish. in certain countries. I once watched a doc in WBGH, the fish man in Vietnam spread the anti-biotech to the fish ponds. It really horrified me by the scene.

    June 8, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • peridot2

      You weren't paying close attention. What the devil would birth control pills do?

      Animals in crowded conditions are fed antibiotics to keep them from succumbing to bacterial disease. Those drugs remain in their bodies and get passed on to us when we consume them. In addition, the resistant bacteria hang around in the environment and evolve into drug resistant bacteria that consume our flesh and skin, i.e., they mutate into flesh eating bacteria. Voila!

      June 12, 2012 at 2:46 am |
  8. MarkGlicker

    What do you do when all the seaweed is gone? I eat a Vegan diet by the way.

    June 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  9. R C

    Here is a good answer to the problem of overfishing: Go Vegan.
    You may not like it but you cannot deny it.

    June 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • peridot2

      One day we'll all have to be vegan. I tried it but I'm allergic to tomatoes and onions. It's difficult to be vegan when you can't eat those 2 foods. I really miss tomatoes.

      June 12, 2012 at 2:47 am |
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