If human rights abuses take place where neither laws nor media exist, do they provoke an outcry? Thanks to some intrepid reporting by Ian Urbina for the New York Times, yes, they do. His piece “Sea Slaves: The Human Misery that Feeds Pets and Livestock“, part of his series “The Outlaw Ocean” on crime on the … Continue reading Fishing Slaves: Hidden Ordeals on the High Sea
… is the new idea of the Swiss company Urban Farmers. All you need is an empty, flat rooftop of an industrial building, and you are in business – the company delivers all you need for a fully-fledged aquaponic farm. You can buy a ‘kit’ that includes enough material for a commercial-size farm, ranging from … Continue reading Like IKEA, Just for a Rooftop Farm…
Heya! Thanks for being patient in tolerating the lack of posts, I promise it will pick up again once this academic marathon month is over. Thanks to coffee, de-stress baking and solo dance parties (the best), I’m still alive and nearly done with the thesis! I do have a couple of interesting reads for you today, … Continue reading Mid-May Reads!
This is pretty shocking news – when testing what kinds of fish are sold under which labels, in some states as many as 52% were mislabeled, mostly in order to sell less expensive fish en lieu of the more high-end ones and still capture the price premium. Not only that, but sometimes fish was even … Continue reading “What Fish Would You Like?” “… Do I Have A Real Choice?”
I have not one, but two great links for you today to help you in your consumption decisions. The first one refers to the latest research on fish stocks and gives a (very pretty!) overview of which fish is okay to eat and which stocks we should let recuperate. Click through to get to the … Continue reading New Fish and Meat Guides Help to Choose Responsibly
Noah’s latest post from Global Food Politics (a fantastic blog, by the way, go check it out!) resonated so strongly with me that I wanted to share the story of Mexican fishermen in the Sea of Cortez here as well. The Sea of Cortez (or Gulf of California) has been, as many once-upon-a-time rich fishing grounds, overfished … Continue reading What Happens After The Fish Are Gone?
Chances are, you would be hard-pressed to place nations such as Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, the Marshall Islands, Palau, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Tuvalu on a map. However, these eight tiny Pacific island-states might be decisive in protecting one of the last remaining healthy tuna fisheries in the world, as this article reports.
It is always fascinating to see how closely our study topics are related to current policy discussions. In one of our classes, we talked in-depth about fishing quotas and their adverse effects, including discards – this is the part of a fishing vessel’s haul that is a) not profitable enough (being too small and young, or fish for which there is no demand) or b) includes species for which they do not have a quota anymore, meaning they are not allowed to bring them on land. Thus, this “discard” is thrown back overboard, where up to 90% of the fish die (the mortality rates vary broadly by species, however).