Thank you for sharing the Paul Greenberg article, "Bring back American seafood" (July 23). I am asking that we bring back Florida seafood.
Consider these facts: 90 percent of our seafood is imported; only 2 percent is inspected; our favorite shrimp is farmed raised, contaminated by antibiotics and growers employ slave labor; one third of the U.S. catch is sold abroad; 80 percent of our fish habitats have been destroyed by developers; and current Florida law allows for destruction of juvenile fish as it prohibits the use of our gill nets.
Doesn't Florida have a coastline teeming with edible fish? Yes, it does, and we are about to have a good view of them.
Do we not have trained fishermen ready to harvest them? Yes, we do. Consider this: during the mullet season, there will be over 100 fishermen with cast nets catching mullet from our Sarasota Bay. Most of these come from the other coast.
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However, Manatee County still has more than 40 seasoned fishermen ready to harvest fish for us.
So where will we see the fish we do not get to eat? Plan on a visit to our beaches. Shortly, the red tide will arrive. Have a good smell of the rotting carcasses.
According to the experts at Mote Marine Laboratory, this visitor first appeared about 1958 as a result of our dumping strange chemicals into our bays. (Fertilizer so we can have pretty green grass.)
Thousands of pounds of fish will die because we do not care enough to prevent it. That is the bad news.
Finally, I dream of the day when we decide to save our bays; stop red tide; and allow our fishermen to catch fresh Florida fish for us all. Bring back Florida seafood.
Mary Fulford Green, Ed.D