The Cove and Sustainable Fishing

I went to see the Cove a couple weeks ago with my friend Heather and if you haven’t seen it yet, you should turn off your computer and drive to your nearest independent movie theater and watch it.

It’s about the slaughter of Dolphins in Taiji, Japan and it is haunting, disturbing, and will open your eyes to several issues that we just don’t think about day-to-day as Americans. The main player in the movie is Ric O’Barry, the former trainer of Flipper, who has taken on the cause of saving these dolphins, and has major guilt about his time on the Flipper set, so he feels responsible for these extremely intelligent creatured.

One major issue addressed in the film is sustainable fishing, and the rate that we are taking fish out of the ocean and the other is the high levels of mercury found in the dolphin meat that many in Japan are consuming without even knowing it.

The makers of the cove offer two resources to make smart decisions when choosing fish for Sushi and. . .fish tacos (there’s my tie-in). First, a handy pocket guide for choosing safe seafood that’s good for you and the ocean and second the Monterey Bay Aquarium Sushi Guide for ocean-friendly sushi choices.

Please see the Cove, and visit http://www.takepart.com/thecove/ to learn what you can do to save the dolphins.

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