Originally Posted by MarkJ
I fail to see why you, or anyone, need to fish
Some macho crap in denuding the worlds resources?
You don't eat wild meat, do you? All the meat modern people eat is farmed. We are not knocking over giraffes for food
, we eat cows bread for it.
My thoughts are to totally ban fishing
of any unfarmed fish.
That includes locals who think they can pillage their Caribbean
islands of Conch... The only thing that can battle against algy that's destroyed the Caribbean coral
. Same goes for Australians who continue to torture and eat dugong and turtles.
Leave the Mahi Mahi to their mates.
Personally, I refuse to eat farm raised fish
. There are too many negative impacts on the environment
from fish farming. Also, there are negatives in the quality of the meat and chemicals present. But I also try to eat organic food
from trusted sources whenever possible. I personally feel there is a lot of problems with commercial
farming for anything as it generally creates environmental problems while providing an inferior product.
Mahi is my favorite fish for a number of reasons. One of which is that it is always fresh caught. No one farm raises Mahi. Also, farm raised fish isn't generally available in areas like the Caribbean while you can easily catch your own fish. Here in the Northeast my favorite fish is Striped Bass. Again, not generally farm raised.
When I fish, I try to take all reasonable measures to be able to release fish that are under sized or not desirable by us for eating. I file down the barbs on my hooks, use circle hooks and I don't use a gaff to land the fish. I plan to spear fish with a Hawaiian sling when I get to warm waters and that lets you be highly selective with what you spear.
I also don't feel that fishing
, or hunting for that matter (but I don't personally hunt), are "macho crap in denuding the worlds resources" so long as you only keep (or shoot) what you eat and are responsible to sustainability
of the fish in how much you keep. It's how humans, all carnivores
for that matter including Mahi, have obtained food for the history
of the earth. You don't catch fish by putting lettuce on the hook. Plus it's also far more sustainable than commercial
And your Pearly Gates line is just kind of dumb. Would the fish St. Peter care more that you eat his relative as part of the natural course of life or that you kept his relative in slavery for its life and then ate it? If you were really worried about some sort of Pearly Gates karma, you would eat vegan.