Economist, last year:
Fully 88% of the EU's stocks are overfished.
NYT Magazine, in 2007:
Editors and writers trawl the oceans of ingenuity, hoping to snag in our nets the many curious, inspired, perplexing and sometimes outright illegal innovations of the past 12 months. Then we lay them out on the dock, flipping and flopping and gasping for air, and toss back all but those that are fresh enough for our particular cut of intellectual sushi.
They just want theirs. That is the culture they have created.
Dane Klinger and Kimiko Narita:
Because of their status as a delicacy and due to advances in fishing technology, populations of Atlantic bluefin tuna are now severely depleted. Where fishermen once hunted the giant fish with harpoons and hooks, many now use modern vessels equipped with powerful sonar to find fish underwater and radar to track seabirds that gather around tuna schools, as well as giant nets that can efficiently encircle and capture entire schools of bluefin. Most tuna are then held in net pens and fattened on mackerels, sardines, and squid to increase their market value. Unless trends reverse, wild bluefin tuna might become exceedingly rare and off the menu entirely.
Sushi aficionados have over-enjoyed a precious resource. To ensure that bluefin are available for future generations, we must have the courage to make the hard decisions now.
An exchange from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away:
Luke: All right, I'll give it a try.
Yoda: No. Try not. Do ... or do not. There is no try.
He is not asking them to suffer anything he would not suffer himself.
But many voters would rather not suffer at all.
Marge: I'd really like to give it a try!
Homer: I don't know, Marge, trying is the first step towards failure.
Lisa: Dad! Can't you have some other type of party, one where you don't serve meat?
Homer: I'm trying to impress people here Lisa. You don't win friends with salad.
Charlie Rose: Don't you think we've milked this for about as much as we can, Richard?
Richard Florida: I hope not, Charlie. I hope not.