Having a seafood dinner with a marine biologist can be depressing. We’re grumpy about ordering practically everything – the shrimp (bycatch; mangrove destruction), the salmon (farmed? Parasites, antibiotics, and harm to wild salmon), the tuna (depending on the species, bycatch & overfishing), and on and on. Just this weekend, I got flustered over the thresher shark special – sure, it’s local to southern California, but we really shouldn’t be eating sharks when 40-95% of them are already gone.
This week, take one step to make dinner with your local marine biologist more cheery. Write to Trader Joe’s and tell them to stop carrying orange roughy. CR McClain at Deep Sea News has the dirt:
Orange Roughy are a slow growing and long lived fish making them extremely vulnerable to overfishing. The filets that arrive at market are likely from fish 50+ years in age. Orange Roughy is caught by bottom trawling, particularly on seamounts where aggregations occur. Bottom trawling destroys the seafloor ecosystem including deep-water corals…Environmental Defense has also issued a health advisory for this fish due to high levels of mercury.
Deep Sea News even has a handy pre-written letter and a link to Trader Joe’s online comment form. Go tell your happy organic grocery store to stop destroying the ocean!