→ 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?
→ 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 [...]
→ 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 [...]
→ 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 [...]