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Mark Bittman


    • Smart Seafood Guide

    • Fish Farming

    • Fair Fish

    Fish Farming

    Many fish-lovers would be horrified to learn that huge quantities of fish and shrimp are now being grown in giant nets, cages, and ponds where antibiotics, hormones and pesticides mingle with disease and waste. These industrialized aquaculture facilities are rapidly replacing natural methods of fishing that have been used to catch fresh, wild seafood for millennia.

    Fair Fish & Catch Shares

    Many large fishing operations are getting more than their fair share of fishing opportunities. If this continues, the results are likely to include: depletion of wild seafood, environmental damage to our oceans and the collapse of coastal communities.

    Fact Sheet: Catch Shares vs. Catch Limits

    Catch limits are protective caps on the number of fish that can be caught in a fishing year. They are a fundamental measure to prevent overfishing and ensure the long-term sustainability of fish stocks. Catch shares however…


    One out of four Americans experiences a foodborne illness each year. Of those, 325,000 are hospitalized and 5,000 die. Seafood products cause approximately 18 percent to 20 percent of the known outbreaks of foodborne illnesses each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

    Genetically Engineered Salmon

    The biotechnology industry has genetically engineered a fish that grows at twice the normal rate, so it can get to market sooner and make more money, faster. If approved, GE salmon would be the first “transgenic” animal allowed into our food supply. It’s also unlikely that it would have to be labeled, so you might not even know you’re eating it.