University of Washington Sustainable fisheries X Valentine Thomas

Humans have been fishing for over 40,000 years. To this day, seafood is crucial to good nutrition and a healthy eating pattern (source) and an estimated 3 billion people on earth depend on it to survive (source). Are there problems within the seafood industry? Oh yes. Plenty of them. Just as there are plenty of […]

Let’s Talk Fishing Methods

If you’re new to my blog, please take a look at a previous article that you can find HERE. This describes the generally agreed upon framework for “sustainable seafood” and whether such a concept can exist at a commercial scale. You probably also know that I believe “sustainability” is also subjective – informed by personal experiences, […]

MSC Interview

NOTE *I received no compensation from the MSC and am a completely independent party.* I’ve had the chance to go visit some of the MSC certified fisheries in the Western Central Pacific Ocean in the past. As a skeptic by nature, I went with a suspicious mind and was transparent that if I observed anything […]

What is sustainable seafood and does it exist on a commercial scale?

By guest writer Peter Adama, Seafood Watch, Lusamerica Fish stocks play a vital role in food security, providing nutrition and a source of income for billions of people. The livelihoods of 10-12 percent of the world’s population – that’s over 870 million people – depend on fisheries and aquaculture. And over three billion people worldwide […]


From the film director of Vegan and the creators of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, on Wednesday March 24th Netflix released the highly controversial fiIm Seaspiracy which is now ranked #6 in the U.S. today. In its own words the film is intended to start a “movement to save our seas and uncover the leading cause of marine destruction” – commercial fisheries. […]

The hunt.

As I see the bullet enter the deer’s heart, a lot of emotions are running through my mind. My heart is racing and I can feel my pulse in my temples. It’s the first land animal I have ever killed.  I go down the hill to go retrieve my kill, tears are running down my […]

But do you really want my life though?

While I’m writing this, I am having my 8th meal alone in an airport just this month after spending only 20 hours at home and I’m fine with it.  When people ask me how they can have my lifestyle, my first question is: what are you willing to sacrifice for it and how much do […]

The Spearfishing Prerogative

For the biggest part of my life I got my fish, like most people, at the grocery store. When I started spearfishing, I discovered a whole new world.  No more suspicious, polluted farm fish; no more species harvested by hundreds of thousands of gigantic nets. Just me and the ocean, catching my own dinner.  What […]