Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Fish Stories


The eating of fish indirectly involves the killing of whales,
and all other fish eating birds, seals and other fish eating mammals
as fisheries push legislatively or on their own destroy nonhumans
competing for shrinking fish populations.

The National Marine Fisheries Service reported
that old weathered oil left over 10 years later from spills
can kill salmon eggs. This oil is denser, heavier than newly
spilled petroleum products. In parts as low as 1 per billion, it
is attracted to the fatty yolk of salmon eggs forming lipophilic
compounds which can kill the living eggs.

From CNN Earth Matters Sun Jan 18: At least 25% of fish catch is
'bykill'. Carl Safino of the National Audubon Society speaks as does
Prince Philip of problems created as more and more mechanized and
fishing boats and trawlers compete for less and less. The statistics
vary on how many hundred thousand dolphins are thrown back suffocated
or dead into the sea after being hauled up in tuna fish nets. 150
year old turtles, seastars, octopi, tiny fish are killed. We do not
know as of this writing if the Washington Times has severed its
to one of the world's several mile long fishing nets which scoops up
everything in its path.

Those who abstain from fisheating are vegetarians not vegans. The
following are some stories about fishes.
a. A man took his daughters fishing in Tampico Bay in Mexico.. and
was spiked by a large catfish which severed a hand artery. He was able
to get medical attention for the profuse bleeding.
b. Janet Barkas, editor of Grove Press, goes fishing and catches
a hook in the fish' eye. That is her last day fishing.
c. PW, at the Soldier and Sailors' Home in Washington, catches the
same fish out of the pond virtually every day for 10 years.. each time
pulling the hook from the throat.. sometimes with flesh attached. PW
died of throat cancer. (The child of a well=known presidential
candidate went to a hospital to be treated for his flyfishing hook
which was imbedded in his nose.)
d. St. Blaze is considered by Catholics the patron saint of
from fishbyproducts since he is said to protect the lives of those
choking on fish bones.
e. One national cancer association reports that fish consumption is
related to stomach cancer.. those countries with the highest fish
consumption having the highest rates. Included are Korea, Japan,
Norway and others.
f. The EPA issues 3500 warnings against fish consumption in one year
alone.. because of high levels of pcb's (polychlorinated biphenols),
arsenic, chromium, mercury etc.
g. One fisherman reports that after seeing the fishes gasp for air
in the bottom of his boat.. as they slowly suffocate.. he will never
fish again.
h. Syndee Brinkman: I went snorkeling and saw how gently the fish
welcomed us into their world.. and how violently we welcomed
them into ours.. I never ate an animal or fish again.
i. EB was a fisherman all his life and lived into his mid nineties.
He stopped fishing after he dreamt one night that he was tiny and a
was very large. The fish had him on a hook.
The sale of fish brings 54 million to the state of Maryland, whose
governor has just prevailed on 3 chains in the Washington area to
begin again to sell Chesapeake fish despite the pfiesteria disease.
One factor of many in the disease of the fish might be the Calvert
Cliffs nuclear power plant, which raises the temperature of the water
in the area.
j. NPR caller, Oct 27, 97: My mother never got to see the same
MD twice, so it was years before medical detectives realized that her
Saturday headaches were caused by her Friday fisheating with an
to iodine.
k. NPR November 6, 1997: Dr. James Porter of the Univ. of Athens at
Georgia is studying the many new fishes diseases such as black band
and white pox. He says that increased shipping, increased pollution,
and overfishing (perhaps an oxymoron) are factors for the rise.
In one year, says the EPA, the coral diseases have quadrupled.
are advised that coral is not a dead rock but a colony of living
and therefore asked not to remove them.
l. U.S. News and World Report Nov 24, 1997: One of the strains
food poisoning in shellfish is Vibria Vulnificus.
m. The phrase 'fresh fish' is an oxymoron.
n. Prince Philip is one of many in a coalition concerned about
exhaustion. NPR in May reported that many penguin babies are
to die because there are not enough fishes for them to eat. Whether
eats fishes or does not, the dying fisheries need to be restocked.
o. There have been many fraternity house deaths from choking in an
to swallow live goldfish and other fish. (May God bless those souls.)
p. Many fishermen and women have drowned, e.g. Jerry Garcia's father.
q. 150,000 turtles drown every year in shrimp nets, says Eric Bates
of the Texas Observer (For the article write Manny Pastreich
mpastreich@...) There are also over 100,000 dolphins
in tuna fish and other nets, and many whales are caught in lobster
Lisa Simpson of the Simpsons rescued a fish caught in a 6 pack
holder and threw him back into the water.
For information on how ocean birds are harmed by fishes' nets
write 100302.1616@...
r. While the UNFAO The United Nations Food and Agriculture
says the oceans are dying and there are not enough fishes for those
who want to eat them, the Dept. of Interior in July sponsored a week
of fishing. http://www.fao.org
s. The Texas Dept. of Health states that 245 people have been victims
illness from oysters in Galveston Bay. The bacterium is Vibrio
parahaemolyticus. 208 people have had oyster illness in the Northwest.
t. The Oklahoma Dept. of Env. Quality has asked pregnant women to
catfish in certain parts of Oklahoma because of high insecticide
in the waters and in the fishes. (JanaWilson@...)
u. With asbestos in Lake Michigan, pcb's in the livers of polar bears
in Alaska, oyster contamination in the Gulf from the runoff of
the Mississippi, lipophilic insecticides in Lake Erie, pfiesteria
in the Atlantic seaboard ..arsenic, chromium and mercury, pcb's,
insecticides, fish killing old oil and every other toxin in the
shellfish in the NE
eating unprocessed human waste, where is there fresh fish?
Farmed salmon in the NW, says an NPR guest on Feb 24th, can be
into the wild exploding new bacteriae into the ocean.
v. Arsenic poisoning (arsenic from the oceans is concentrated in the
flesh of fishes) creates lesions and warts on the hands. NPR
on Dec 29, 1998 that many million in Bangladesh are dying of arsenic
poisoning from its concentration in well water, and in water of the
w. Dr. Owen Parrett, MD has spoken of the worms present in Rocky Mtn.
trout. In Dec of 98, AP reported on a parasite worm affecting many
trout in Colorado, Idaho, Montana etc. The parasite causes the fishes
to turn in circles until they die.
x. Government recalls in Jan 99 18,000 lbs of Hansung salted yellow
croaker because of fear of deadly botulism.
y. An El Cajon California man reports that lightning struck
the metal poles (hooks and wires also?) of his group's lightning
rod fishing poles. They abandoned their fishing that day.
Campaign For the Abolition of Angling pisces@...
is an international organization working to end the cruelty of
fish suffocation and fish throat ripping.