The Daily Feed: The Dolphin, the Whale and the Bluefin

If the closest you get to your seafood is reading the heat-up instructions on a box of fish sticks, you may not be moved by recent setbacks in marine-human relationships, but you should be.

A few weeks ago, the filmmakers who won Best Documentary for The Cove at the Oscars held up a sign raising awareness about the plight of dolphins.  These same filmmakers successfully, and covertly, videotaped the sale of illegal whale meat by a 12 year old Santa Monica sushi restaurant called The Hump.  The ensuing expose shone a bright light on violations of the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act.  Just Saturday, the LA Times reported, The Hump closed its doors for good, issuing a mea culpa on its website.

Last week, a different but related sucker-punch to the sea failed to protect the bluefin tuna.  Efforts to ban international trade in Atlantic bluefin were shot down at a UN meeting in Qatar.

I’ve written about seafood issues before (here and here) and once again urge you to become informed on why these matters are important.  Seeing two films, The End of the Line and The Cove, may get you up to speed.


Cheryl Sternman Rule is a widely-published food writer and the voice behind the blog 5 Second Rule.


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