Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Throw Back the Big Fish

Andy Revkin of the Times goes fishing off Montauk with Carl Safina, here, and learns that we really should throw the big ones back.


Blogger Sam said...

I like to see that kind of message, Tom. There are many reasons for eating the "mediums" instead of killing the big ones.

First, they taste better! Why beat around the bush, large, old fish get grainy and develop a gamey taste, which can be related to histamines.

Second, you get less bad actors. Here I'm talking about mercury, PCBs, ciguatera, and all kinds of nasties. The older the fish, the longer time it has to bio-accumulate toxics.

Third, as was mentioned, the large females are the breeders.

Fourth, a good fisherman catches fish consistently in high numbers, whereas anybody can get lucky on one fish. That's why some billfish tournaments are catch & release and you are awarded points per species, regardless of size.

I like that message. Keep up the good work!

11:51 AM  

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