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Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Re: “Go Ahead, Get Fresh” (LA Times, Food, Sept. 3, 2003)

L.A. may be “brimming” with fish, but the ocean is not. We have killed ninety percent of large ocean fish since fishing became industrialized after Word War II. Elliot Norse, president of the Marine Conservation Biology Institute (MCBI) says, “If we give the oceans a chance now, we'll be able to take food from the sea for as long as there are people on earth. But we have to start now, not in five years, not in 10 years.”

Pollution, habitat destruction, and the ways we fish all need to be addressed immediately. At the same time, our seafood buying choices make a critical difference. Fisheries certified by the Marine Stewardship Council are sustainable and well-managed.

For more information on making responsible seafood selections, the Monterey Bay Aquarium (mbayaq.org) and National Audubon Society (audubon.org) have downloadable, wallet-sized lists of what to enjoy, go easy on, and avoid. The Seafood Choices Alliance (seafoodchoices.com) is a comprehensive resource for cooks.

If we vote and buy smartly, not only will we always be able to eat and enjoy a wondrous variety of seafood, our descendants will too.

Miserable Failure

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