As readers may know, Claire and I are really strong supporters of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Whether it is about a continuing and fierce passion for world class science contributing to understanding climate change and the workings of climate, for which the oceans are integral and critical, or telling people what’s really causing harm to some of the world’s wonderful and intelligent creatures, whales and dolphins.
Claire and I are vegetarians. And, no, we don’t eat fish. I don’t eat fish because of the way they are commercially caught. (I love to eat fish otherwise. I’ll sometimes fix the craving by eating shellfish and, occasionally, crab.) Dr Michael Moore, marine biologist at WHOI, has seen the harm of such practices repeatedly and first hand. Not only did he write a piece for WHOI on it, but he wrote an important editorial, “How we all kill whales“, for the ICES Journal of Marine Science. Read it.
And then, especially all my colleagues who are concerned about the environment and creatures like whales and dolphins, rather than singling out Japan and Norway and, believe it or not, small Eskimo villages, for their whaling practices, attend to your support of the unreformed fishing industry, whether by your food buying habits, or in the political firestorms that are occasionally associated with places like Point Judith, Gloucester, and New Bedford. I have nothing against fishermen and the fishing industry. I have everything against overfishing, destroying corals with industrial fishing practices, poaching, and being cavalier about fishing nets and equipment.
And, for other politically hot topics, when a climate educator offers a title of a talk, How we’re all disrupting the climate, and some environmentalists cajole him to change it to the less “offensive” Long choices: On climate and being carbon dioxide, they should really have a hard look at why. You can’t be nice to everybody.