Producing seafood can never be sustainable
Regarding “Is Sustainable Fish a Scam, as the Netflix Documentary” Seaspiracy “suggests?” (April 5): As with animal husbandry, there is no way for boutique fish farms to meet the huge global demand for fish, at least not without covering a large part of it. Bottom trawlers exist for the same reason as feedlots: the economies of scale needed to satisfy the world’s huge appetite for meat and fish. Animal agriculture already covers almost half of the Earth’s surface!
So-called sustainable seafood, just like so-called sustainable meat, is a way to feel virtuous without having to change anything substantial. No matter how your fish is produced, consuming it increases the demand for seafood, perpetuating worst practices. The oceans are in dire straits, challenged by warming and deforestation as well as blatant overconsumption, with populations of marine life at fractions of historic levels. Getting it wrong to satisfy our fish taste will not help. Recognizing that we are only part of the web of life, and that all other species have not evolved over eons solely to be resources for our consumption, would be a start.