The Fish on My Plate (2017)
In this eighty-four minute documentary by PBS Frontline, the best selling author and lifelong fisherman Paul Greenberg eats only fish every day for a year. He wants to understand the relationship of fish to a healthy environment and a healthy body, and so he stopped eating "land food meat." Greenberg is a trustworthy guide, having written Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food (2010), reviewed by JwJ, and American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood (2014). He's well aware of the hype and partisanship on this divisive subject. "Everyone has their own point of view, and everyone has their job to do." But this much is clear, there was clearly much larger fish "bio-mass" not too long ago in many places, like crabs in the Chesapeake Bay or sardines in Cannery Row in Monterey, California. He interviews conservationists, industry experts, government officials, fishery workers in Peru, aqua farmers in Norway and Alaska, fish conventioneers in Boston, regulators, entrepreneurs, "eco-warriors," marine biologists, etc. There are no easy answers here, just a lot of complex questions. For at least one source of practical advice, see the "Seafood Watch" program of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.