At the risk of using a cheesy saying, it is kind of a chicken or egg problem. More realistically it is a cyclical problem that seemingly has no definite start or end. It is up to the environmentalists to find a solution to the problem, the politicians to approve it, the law enforcement to enforce it and the fishermen (recreational and commercial alike) to abide by these rules. It is so tricky because legislation are only relivant to one state at a time. This is the problem we are dealing with right now and it is where the "Tragedy of the Commons" comes in to play. If one state allows unlimited fishing and another allows a restricted amount it is totally unfair for the people who have a restricted amount because the striped bass that they are not catching in an effort to conserve the species is being caught a few miles away by other state's fishermen who had limited restrictions. Totally a Tragedy of the Commons problem. That was really a great reading, because it applies to so many issues people deal with in everyday life; especially issues involving public policy. It seems in order to help one group of individuals another group must take the blow and miss out a little bit themselves.. ultimately the end result should be collective well being and harmony. I am not sure where my political views are on that issue, but that is a whole other paper. This is about the fish! None the less, I think that was a great article to read because it used a micro issue and explained how it could and should be applied to macro issues. Thumbs up!
So anyways, lets get to the hands on stuff--
The last portion of class was spent in the kitchen. Prof B brought in a a 16.5 lb striper. This striper was one that he had to buy because he could not catch one himself. This is by no means a comment on Prof Berman's fishing skills it is more a comment on the wealth of stripers in the Boston Harbor. Recounting the night and day's process of trying to catch a fish for the class, he demonstrated the conservation act in motion. While it was perhaps disappointing for him not to bring in a self-caught fish for the class, I think we all appreciated and learned a little bit more about the conservation efforts. Abiding by the rules of the fishing restrictions, Prof B was unable to produce a bass for us so he went to an accredited fish seller who sold him a legal fish. This was the beautiful bass:
First I served it simply with Lemon, then thought it would be extra delicious with my favorite bean salad. It was delicious. So delicious I will share the recipe, because this stuff can be served with anything and eaten at anytime. Amazing with chips, fish, chicken, steak, eggs, etc. Good morning, noon and night!
2 cans of black beans
2 cans of corn < Both strained and rinsed
2 avocados (chopped)
1 Mango (chopped)
Spicy garlic chili Siracha (if you like it hot!)
Combine and enjoy!
(I know it sounds like a lot of food, and in makes quite a large batch, but trust me your going to need it!) Bring to your next BBQ or pot lock. It will be an instant success!!!!!!!
"YOU GUNNA LOVE IT! AND IF YOU DON'T LOVE IT, YOU GUNNA FAKE IT!"
--Some Chinese cooking instructor lady