We can only prepare and eat safe and sustainable seafood dishes if we are given honest information about how these products are harvested, bought and sold. The current system isn't designed to ensure that accountability is a constant player in seafood production.
I was a strict vegetarian for twenty years. Then someone offered me a scallop. That plump, muscly perfect circle, geometrically a marvel, a white coin jetting hot juice: Oh glorious bivalve, cookie-of-the-sea, you gave your life for me!
Since the release of Jaws in 1975, we've been wading into the water a bit more tentatively. But it is the sharks that need to worry. They've been around for almost half a billion years, but they could go extinct on the West Coast in the coming decades.
Great whites have survived for millions of years, surviving mass extinctions and rightfully earning their top spot as apex ocean predators. But unless we increase protections for them, they may not survive much longer.
Last night my eyes were opened. I learned about the atrocities that have happened to our ocean, about how polluted our world is becoming, the harmful overfishing of our oceans, and how many species of beautiful creatures essential to our ecosphere are teetering on the verge of extinction.
As explained in the film, Mission of Mermaids, which was written, narrated and directed by Susan Rockefeller, the ocean has a remarkable ability to adapt and recover, if only we would allow it to do just that.
We can drastically improve our chances of battling climate change if we start thinking seriously about wild seafood. Wild seafood, properly managed, can replenish itself year by year, decade by decade, millennia by millennia.
Shell is suing 12 environmental organizations to preempt legal challenges to exploration in the Arctic Ocean. It's a bully image that can only hurt, and Shell should know better because it's happened to them over and over again.
People in the tourism industry and many other Belizeans are concerned about what an oil spill in the middle of the reef would do to one of the world's natural wonders and to the future of Belize as a tourist destination.