A collection of stories in last Sunday’s New York Times point to the challenge of the oceans — every major fishery in decline, industrial pollution impacting productivity and the healthfulness of fish we eat (perhaps even worse in farmed fish) — all while fish consumption is rising and seafloor wealth beckons.
Our canary in the mines?
Has the Sea Given Up Its Bounty?. Scientists and marine experts say decades of industrial-scale assaults are taking a heavy toll on the earth’s oceans. By William J. Broad and Andrew C. Revkin. [New York Times: Science]
Does Mercury Matter? Experts Debate the Big Fish Question. All the experts agree that fish is good for you. It’s high in protein and low in fat. But then, there’s mercury. By James Gorman. [New York Times: Science]
Tip the Scale in Favor of Fish: The Healthful Benefits Await. Risks as well as benefits attend eating seafood, although a well-informed consumer can certainly tip the balance in favor of the benefits. By Jane E. Brody. [New York Times: Science]
Much Undersea Wealth Remains Untapped. Today, new discoveries in the abyss have renewed dreams of tapping the sea’s mineral wealth though in ways much different. By William J. Broad. [New York Times: Science]
Conservation as the Catch of the Day for Trawlnets. Fleets in North American and European waters have begun to shift to trawl designs and practices that curb bycatch and ecological damage. By Andrew C. Revkin. [New York Times: Science]

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