It’s Sustainable Fish Friday again!
We have two things to share today – one for those of you in the Toronto area and one for everyone. Let’s start with the one for everyone!
The Last Fishermen Video
This beautiful video takes less than 6 minutes to watch, is beautiful and tells an amazing story (thanks to Dana’s brother Kevin who shared it with us):
It may sound counter intuitive but much of the solution for our ocean lies in increasing the amount of boats (while decreasing their size and technology). Using boats like the video above employs more people, is easier on the fish and the ocean and can be sustained. Much like in my article in Edible Toronto, this video also emphasizes that this method of fishing also makes communities sustainable.
Toronto Slow Fish Event
Dana and I have been spending a lot more time working with Slow Food Toronto (more to come at a later date) as well as our friends Dan and Kristen (from Hooked). They are coordinating the Toronto Slow Fish initiative and have arranged for their first “Slow Fish Encounter” which is an event to raise awareness for Slow Fish.
They’ve organized a small event at Edulis (one of our favorite restaurants in Toronto; we had one of the top meals of our life there) who are also supporters of Slow Food. The event will feature Peter Meisenheimer (a leading biologist) who will discuss the state of Fish in the Great Lakes. The discussion will help educate attendees about the current state of the Great Lakes. how the fish within it are effected and the impact on both to the fisheries who depend on it. Edulis is going to serve some nibbles and beer and wine will be available as well.
Dana and I will be volunteering at the event and would love to see you there! I expect to learn a lot as well as have time to meet more passionate people from around our city!
Peter Meisenheimer (Bio)
A biologist with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Guelph, Peter has broad experience in fisheries and marine resource management. He has worked as a consultant to the Great Lakes commercial fishing industry in Ontario, Illinois and Wisconsin. His consulting career has included work for organizations, industry and government throughout the Great Lakes and on many inland waters in Ontario.
Peter’s international experience includes two and a half years as a fisheries development advisor in the African nation of Botswana, a year managing an aid and disaster relief program in Namibia, design and implementation of marine mammal research in Russia and membership on several fisheries related committees. His work in Canada has taken him from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island and from the Arctic to the US border. Peter has been Executive Director of the Ontario Commercial Fisheries Association since 2004 and is currently a member of the Canadian Committee of Advisors of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. He is also Chair of the Ontario Species at Risk Public Advisory Committee.