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No! No fish left in the sea!

Plenty more fish in the sea

The most misleading saying ever.

I recently wrote about the fish oil and krill health food trend. I was concerned about the impact on fish stock and the very idea of using the main diet of the whale to supplement ours.

I found this article.
Has ‘eat more fish’ gone too far?

I’ve read a great deal about the crisis facing fish. And this is another illustration.

The general picture is bleak. We become more voracious and technological. The boats get bigger and the ability to find the fish advanced. We are like a vacuum cleaner race. More thoroughly seeking out the last few creatures in the sea.

Given that all our other food sources are replenished by farming and breeding it has never made sense to me that the seas are seen as a never ending harvest.

Even though some fish are farmed the vast majority are plundered. Their babies are discarded to die as by-catch this wiping out the next generations of producers. We kill the goose that lays the golden egg over and over again.

That never-ending harvest is also being poisoned and polluted by our other behaviours. We rub exfoliant plastics on our skins then wash them down the plug hole.

We sterilise our homes and watch those chemicals wash away.

We mess with the food chain and fear top predators to the point they need to be killed too, allowing other less edible layers of the food chain to spiral out of control.

A child could tell you what we are doing wrong. It’s as simple as a fish bowl.

Picture that classic round sphere; in it’s stereotypical position on top of the TV.

First neglect the water quality. Add some dirt, oil and plastic grains. Then eat the fish. If there’s any baby fish drag them gasping out into the air till they stop gasping. Then chuck ’em back in.

Then increase the temperature and make the water more acid just to make it worse.

What’s left?

Not much?

So how is that going to work for the oceans?

Ohh, and to make matters worse, encourage those who don’t eat fish to do so for their health.


The very fish bowl that we pollute is an important part of the world. How can it not impact the rest of the world’s air and atmosphere to devastate such a critical organ?

And all for a tasty snack?

There is one Ray of hope though.
A Dutch answer


6 comments on “No! No fish left in the sea!

  1. John Coleman
    October 21, 2014

    Thanks for teaching me something and helping me to be mindful. Peace, John

    Liked by 1 person

  2. ladyofthecakes
    October 21, 2014

    If you’re interested, there’s a fabulous book on the topic, which I could not put down (written by a serious academic, not some sensationalist hogwash): The Unnatural History of the Sea, by Callum Roberts. I loved it 🙂 Though it is very scary, sigh.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lizard100
      October 21, 2014

      I have it. It was quite depressing. Also gave ‘The end of the Line’ sad too b

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Rambling Woods
    October 24, 2014

    I think I had heard about this person removing plastic on a nature program or someone else doing it also.. If we all did our part..just a bit..all of us..

    Liked by 1 person

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