|Mark Curtis M.||
Fish Farms vs. Wild Fish! Monday, February 4, 2013, 7:30 PM, Marbletown Community Center, Route 209 Stone Ridge, NY 12484. Hosted by Hudson Valley newcomer Mark Mardon along with old-time Hudson Valley fisherman Dave Diamanti
Come share your fish stories! As with our recent forum on hunting and permaculture, attendees will have a chance to share your thoughts and stories on how fish help sustain life and livelihoods in the Hudson Valley. We want both your tales of fishing and eating fish — how they contribute to sustaining our well-being and livelihoods — and your thoughts on how contamination affects your fishing habits and diet.
Hudson River Valley denizens love their fish, but many avoid fishing and eating fish for fear of toxic contaminants that bioaccumulate in the flesh of fish in the Hudson River and tributaries. The toxins, notably PCBs, are the subject of many urgent forums and alerts by the US Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), the NY State Dept. of Health (NYSDOH), the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson, the Hudson River Fisherman's Association, Hudson Valley Smart Growth Alliance, Sustainable Hudson Valley and others.
What are their warnings, and how are we to heed them?
On the other hand, ingenious entrepreneurs are providing clean, fresh fish to markets and consumers by way of advanced aquaculture fish farms. How effective are these methods? How extensive is their reach? Who has access to the fish, and are they affordable?
And NYSDEC operates 12 fish hatcheries in New York State for release some 1-million pounds of fish into the state's rivers and lakes annually: salmon, trout, walleye, tiger muskellunge and more. To what extent does this stocking help alleviate concern over PCB contamination?
All this and more will be the subject of our discussion! Come learn and share!