Radio Spot: The California Report

Well, by this time, the radio spot is already over.  I should have probably posted this a few days ago, but hey, I’ll make the best of it.

Rachael Myrow of KQED sat down a couple of weeks back for an interview with Geoff Shester and Stephanie Danner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, and invited me to tag along.  It was a great experience.  The piece was aired this morning (Feb 13th) on KQED in San Francisco, and KZOR in the Monterey Bay area.

I consider myself very fortunate to count both Geoff and Stephanie among my colleagues in the ocean conservation movement; they’re both brilliant scientists and have a great deal to teach.

But best of all… they’re huge Tataki fans!

I can’t express what an incredible thrill it is to hear representatives from the Monterey Bay Aquarium express their approval of what Kin, Raymond, Gretchen, and and the rest of the Tataki Sushi and Sake Bar family have done here in San Francisco.  I mean, this is Seafood Watch — these are the gods and goddesses of sustainable seafood!  So I’m a little humbled today… but I’ve also been strutting around down with a stupid grin on my face for the past several hours.

Anyhow, about the spot:

Rachael asked a lot of questions about bluefin tuna.  In fact, I think the piece was originally intended to be mainly focused on bluefin.  When it aired, though, it had transformed into something much broader.

Bluefin tuna is an extraordinarily important topic: an iconic fish that embodies both the awesome lifeforce of the ocean, as well as the heart-stopping peril in which our waters find themselves.  That being said, Rachael veered from what would have been a concentrated piece on bluefin (similar to the excellent recent work of Alastair Bland in the Santa Cruz Metro) and broadened her focus considerably to discuss seafood sustainability in general.

I think it’s commendable for KQED to approach this issue from such a holistic perspective.  It’s important to see the ocean not as a collection of individual fish and organisms, but as a living, interwoven fabric.  All the animals and plants of the ocean are intermingled.  The majestic bluefin tuna is incredibly important, sure, but the homely urchin, the tiny nudibranch, and even the drifting aquatic weeds of the Sargasso are equally integral to the health of our oceans.

Thanks, Rachael, for your interest, and for helping us put it all in perspective.

You can listen to the radio spot here.

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