The Coming Green Wave: Ocean Farming to Fight Climate Change

The Coming Green Wave: Ocean Farming to Fight Climate Change

→  January 9, 2012

[Original published in the Atlantic] For decades environmentalists have fought to save our oceans from the perils of overfishing, climate change, and pollution. All noble efforts — but what if environmentalists have it backwards? What if the question is not how to save the oceans, but how the oceans can save us? That [...]

The Sustainable Seafood Myth

The Sustainable Seafood Myth

→  August 3, 2011

[by Brendan Smith, Original posted by Grist Magazine] Stroll by any Whole Foods seafood counter and you will see color-coded fish: Green for fully sustainable, yellow for partially sustainable, and red for fish threatened by overfishing or grown on polluting fish farms. Buy a “green” fish and you eat guilt free, confident [...]

BP: No Friend of the Oysterman

BP: No Friend of the Oysterman

→  June 13, 2010

[By Brendan Smith, original posted on HuffingtonPost] With gallows humor, my fellow oystermen around the country have been passing around a Youtube clip of a 1960 educational film produced by the oil industry entitled “Lifeline to an Oyster.” This reel explains how in the late 1950’s Louisiana oystermen began sounding the alarm that [...]

The Last Oyster Haul?

The Last Oyster Haul?

→  April 9, 2010

By Brendan Smith Thanks to greenhouse gas emissions, it’s looking like my days as a commercial fisherman are numbered. I’ve been working the sea on-and-off my whole life. At 15 years old I quit high school to work the lobster boats out of Lynn, MA; later I fished cod and crab boats on the Bering Sea. As [...]