My father loved to fish. As soon as I was old enough he began taking me with him deep sea fishing. Later my younger brother and mother would join us. The summers of my youth were spent on boats riding out into the Atlantic Ocean, well beyond where you could see land, to spend the day fishing. We would cast a single line into the vast blue of the sea and wait.
Like some kind of magic spell, out in the nothingness of water eventually, a fish would bite! Then, with great effort, I would reel in an 8-, or 10-, or 14-pound fish. It was hard to beleive.. Miles and miles of water and this little hook. Then suddenly, a fish!
I fell in love with the way the ocean looked, smelled, and sounded. I loved the magic and mystery of the hidden world underneath the water. And...I loved eating fish! In my teens and early 20's I adored most fish dishes. I still do, but I rarely eat them.
It is really upsetting to me how the ocean's have been overfished. How there are dead zones in the water where nothing grows. How the mercury levels in fish are growing. How farmed fish are bad for the environment. Everyone has reasons for the foods they avoid. For me, the destruction of fish habitat feels personal.
It has made it hard for me to eat most fish. As a result, I tend to only eat small fishes, such as sardines. (I even learned there is a whole Sardine Diet trend!)
This TED Talk is by Paul Greenberg a researcher and author of the NYT Bestseller, Four Fish. It is a good overview of the fish we are overeating and solutions for the problem.
Like all TED Talks this is excellent. Please consider watching it.