Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Ask Noodles: Fish?

Note from Max: "I am so please to present the second Ask Noodles column. He's be addressing your problems weekly. Send your questions to him at TheGreatNoodles@gmail.com. Noodles will entertain questions in any area, from how to train your food human or where's the best place to keep your catnip stash to questions from your food humans on how to handle things in their lives. Today's question is about FISH. A topic near and dear to all of us. Here's Noodles................... "

From @EmmyTheCat
“I love tuna, but now dey say it is overfished & unsustainable & I can't have it. What should I eat now?”

Emmy, this is a big concern for all cats and food humans alike!

“Only 10 percent of all large fish—both open ocean species including tuna, swordfish, marlin and the large groundfish such as cod, halibut, skates and flounder—are left in the sea, according to research published in today's issue of the scientific journal Nature.”
(National Geographic May 15th 2003)

That right there is a scary quote, I don’t care who you are! Also consider the plight of King Salmon. Normal catches by food humans used to be around 250k fish per year. Contrast that with the startling low number of 66k salmon which returned to spawn last year! This shocking drop in King Salmon population caused the US to ban the commercial King Salmon fishing season. This was of course very difficult on the over 2k food humans who fish salmon for a living. Also, very difficult for us felines. Happily the Chinook Salmon appear to be doing very well.

Concern with overfishing has lead to farming of fish (if you can believe it, like they grow on trees or something!). This is a controversial solution as large populations of farm-raised fish can pollute the wild population and may spread disease as well as poor genetics. It has also been implied that farm raised fish, such as Salmon, may contain carcinogens thanks in part to their synthetic diet.

So what’s a responsible cat or food human to do? Happily the Environmental Defense Fund is kind enough to provide guidance. They rate seafood by Eco-Best to Eco-Worst which will help you next time you’re contemplating your kitty snacks or your food humans ponder sushi or other seafood delights. You can find their seafood guide online at: http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=1521

They even have a printable guide to keep with you when you’re on the go. I know I’m going to keep mine tucked into my belly roll next time I’m out!
I hope this helps – if all us cats and food humans are careful about what we consume, kittens for years to come will be able to enjoy the wonder and delight that is our wild fish and ocean populations.

To learn more, visit: http://www.babelgum.com/endoftheline

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