Teach a Man to Fish ’08 – Links, Resources

by Jacqueline Church on October 29, 2008 · 0 comments

This year’s Teach a Man to Fish event was so successful (participation was up over 60%!) that I simply had too many resources and links to include in the huge round up. Here is a compilation of resources, you can find books, short entertaining video clips, and lots of organizations’ site links. Pretty much any question you might have about sustainable seafood could be answered through this list of resources. Including what to make for dinner – see more recipes below!

Books:

  • Trevor Corson’s book is now out in an expanded paperback edition with photos and a new title: THE STORY OF SUSHI: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice.”
  • Casson Trenor’s book: Sustainable Sushi: A Guide to Saving the Oceans One Bite at a Time (available January ’09)
  • Fish Without a Doubt – terrific fish cookery for anyone who harbors doubts about which fish to cook, how, what to substitute these are straightforward and a pleasure – just like the author Chef Rick Moonen.
  • 660 Curries - Raghavan Iyer – Many of us are just coming to know the wonderful seafood dishes prominent in Indian cuisine. Three coastlines but we hardly see these regions represented in restaurant food. All the more reason to buy this book and make them at home.

click image for good books & remember: books make great gifts!

Video:

  • ALASKAN ALTON – Alton Brown (whom you know from Good Eats, Feasting on Asphalt, Feasting on Waves and emcee of Iron Chef.) Did you know he’s also an advocate see this clip that explains what Alaska is doing right with its fisheries. You’ll understand why I’m an advocate of wonderful wild Alaskan seafood.

That’s Alton Brown in the Kelp tank at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

 

Organizations: each bullet is a link.

Articles:

Recipes: each bullet is a link.

Products: each bullet is a link.

I wrote to the author of Eating Asia, a blog that was recommended to me by playwright and chef, Joseph Hayes (of The Burry Man Writers’ Center and Inked-In fame.) Asking Robyn about sustainable seafood and whether this has entered the dialogue in her corner of the globe. As I suspected, it’s mixed from the perspective of someone who lives there. Here is Robyn’s response, reprinted with her permission:

Hi Jacqueline – Thanks for your email. Nice blog.

RE: the sustainability – it is rather more a US/European concern. Asians are only beginning to look at organics, and while there are organic farms in Asia most of them aren’t certified. Quite often the term ‘organic’ is used by restaurants without any definition .. there are no real standards.

I would say that Singapore, Hong Kong, and even the Philippines are furthest ahead on this (I’m talking just SE Asia here – Japan is certainly way ahead).

p.c. incomes just aren’t high enough in most of SE Asia to allow for concern abt sustainability. Esp in places like Indonesia and the Philippines, where a big chunk of the population lives close to the poverty line.

While I find the whole sustainability movement very worthwhile, I do have to say that when I read about it I feel like I’m reading about events in another food universe. There’s not room for those kind of concerns in most of the region I live in, right at the moment.

Best,
Robyn @ EatingAsia

 

We do have pocket guides and talking points in a few languages and there are handfuls of organizations working on this issue. It’s certainly a global issue but we have to remember it’s not an either/or issue, nor is it “this first/then that.” In fact, I got an interesting post from someone teaching in a school in Singapore where sustainable aquaculture was being introduced into the school science curriculum! In many cases, serial depletion of resources would leave people more impoverished rather than better off, but someone has to be managing this at a macro level.

So, we focus on what we can and recognize the tremendous buying power that our market represents. If we exercise that power, the market will begin to change.

 

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