“Kirk Lombard, guru of S.F.’s seafood foraging scene,
thinks eating local might help save our ocean.”
The cover story by Peter Jamison in this week’s “S.F. Weekly” features former Department Fish & Game fish-counter, and present day smelt fisherman Kirk Lombard. Kirk leads tours in San Francisco Bay on how to forage local seafood, and is an advocate for local, sustainable fishing and gathering.
The article touches on California fisheries issues across the board, and questions the validity of some of the ungrounded claims of Monterey Bay Aquarium’s infamous “Seafood Watch” program. Also quoted are some dubitably fishy fish scholars such as Milton Love, the Santa Barbara marine biologist and self-proclaimed West Coast rock cod expert, who has claimed that Southern California oil rigs are beneficial for rock fish – because their pillars and shadows create a new, beneficial marine habitat. (No doubt this stance has been great for grant funding!)
The article goes on into some depth on dams, water diversions and coastal development as they affect and Coho salmon, and some of the realities of trawl fishing off the California coast.
For online readers, there’s an amusing video on How to pull a fish out of a storm drain on a San Francisco Bay pier:
Copies of S.F. Weekly are available to read locally at the Mendocino Coast Community Library, the Fort Bragg Library, Headlands Coffee House, and Maria’s Mexican Restaurant in Fort Bragg.