July 2009

Help Approve the Arctic Fishery Management Plan

If you’ve seen Earth or An Inconvenient Truth, or you’ve read any reports about global warming lately, you probably know how fragile the Arctic ecosystem is today. The bowhead whale, walrus, sea bird, polar bear and many other species are literally facing life-or-death struggles as their habitats change and decrease.

These problems, caused by global warming, industrialization, and ocean acidification, are largely exacerbated by human activity, which means that we have the power to take measures to harm—or to help.

Right now, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce is deciding on whether or not to allow these waters to be open to industrial fishing. Such activity would further deplete the Arctic area, wiping out these creatures’ food sources even more and causing them additional stress—as well as death.

Support Sustainable Seafood

Shame on you, Trader Joe’s. Chilean sea bass and orange roughy aren’t fish that should be regularly on the shelves in the store; they’re the kind of fish that cause fishermen to destroy habitat as if they’re all nautical Terminators.

According to Greenpeace, Chilean sea bass, considered “red list seafood,” are so scarce that Trader Joe’s actually has to hired pirates to catch them—and that, if not protected, will be extinct within five years. Then what will you sell, Trader Joe’s—crappie?

I thought it was illegal to sell endangered fish, anyway?