Monday, September 28, 2009

x is for xiphophorus

the title that I wanted for today's post is "x is for extinction." but since extinction starts with an e and not an x, I couldn't quite swing it; in the blogabet game one must be exact!

on friday night f and I saw an excellent documentary at the cleveland museum of art. the film examined the state of the world's fishes. I am excited about the film and exhort everyone who cares about our planet to see it. the film exposes the extremely disturbing truth about how we are exhausting the ocean's fish populations. instead of exerting control and sensible stewardship we are exulting greed and exploiting many species of fish at the expense of the future of the world's fishes. according to experts many species are near point of extinction because of overfishing.

it does not have to be the end of the line for the world's fishes; the campaign which accompanies the film has 3 messages for consumers, citizens and companies:
Ask before you buy - only eat sustainable seafood.
Tell politicians to respect the science, cut the fishing fleet
Join the campaign for marine protected areas and responsible fishing
to learn more about the film end of the line, the campaign, and what each of us can do visit the end of the line website.

by the way, in case you were wondering, xiphophorus is a type of fish

photo: marche richard lenoir, paris october 2005


Anonymous said...

Not to mention the pollution! I'll take the albacore tuna with a double order of mercury, please!

kimy, Alan brought up a cool topic for TT over at Baino's latest post. J kust thought I'd mention it, as it ties in...sorta :)

Anonymous said...

Um...that should read "just"...d'oh!

mum said...

hey there, xyphophorus!

It so happens I was photographing billboards over here yesterday afternoon, including one for a campaign against Plasticum indestructibilum i.e. pollution of the seas with plastic garbage.

You can see Plasticum indestructibilum on this French website. (Parts of the website are in English but if you stay on the opening page and watch the little film, you'll see the beast with your own eyes):

(Maud Fontenoy, by the way, is a French top-level navigator.)

Every little bit helps, everywhere.

cheers, kimy.

Anonymous said...

@Mum, Yikes! There's another film on the English page but still narrated in French, tho' I could understand most of it. Wotta monster! Merci for the link :)

Roy said...

Sorry, I had a hard time getting past the photo; all those yummy fish were making me hungry!

The Cod stocks are suffering here. Part of the problem is the Russians; they cruise the North Atlantic with those huge fish factories of theirs. And the Japanese in the Pacific aren't much better. Our local fishermen, who scrupulously follow the rules, are being punished because the big guys like that flip the bird to the rules and dare anybody to come after them for it. I'm entirely in favor of blowing those fish factories out of the water on sight!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

subby - yes mercury and other heavy metals are risks.... will check out the new idea....

mum - plastic waste in the oceans has been a problem for so long...thanks for the link - yes, indeed every little bit helps ...

roy - end of line spends a great, great deal of time discussing this established rouge fishing industry - and how brazen many (of the huge interests) just break international laws, etc. also there is footage of those horrid bottom trawlers which are raping and pillaging the ocean floor
and floating fish factories - the film does a good job naming names too - the mitsubishi corporation is particularly despicable - google mitsubishi and fishing as keywords to find out more ....but better yet everyone try and find a screening of this amazing film!

the film (and website) offers lots of options to alleviate the guilt of those of us who do love to eat fish on how to be responsible consumers.

Megan said...

I was reading some articles about the Somali pirates - they're still going strong, by the way - d'you know they claim the whole thing started because of fishing rights?

Anonymous said...

Roy's spot on about the Russians and Japanese. And don't even get me started on the whales!! A lot of the fishing towns like Glouster, MA. are pratically deserted, as the regulations just keep making it tougher to earn a livin'...

@Roy, don't think we don't follow those floatin' fish factories around. But unfortunately they do operate on the fringe of the internation lines...