I am so elated at reading about the more than 300 Indonesian fishermen freed from slavery recently (thenewstribune.com, 4-4). It took world publicity of the inhumane treatment to these fish industry workers to bring this story to light.
We need more of these type stories to educate seafood consumers in our country and to help spur the public to take action against major American grocery chains and convince them that we are tired of cheap seafood from Third World countries.
We have no idea what their practices are in aquaculture. Much farm-raised fish and seafood is imported to this country from southeast Asia and mainland China. What about their fish farming practices? What kinds of chemicals and antibiotics are they feeding their fish? What is the water source?
We know that these countries have big issues with pollution of their natural resources. I refuse to buy fish and seafood from these countries and urge other consumers to do the same, to send a message to major grocery chains. We should insist on seeing more North American fish and seafood in our stores.
Cheap fish from Asia? At what cost?