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Stop Overfishing Now…

January 31, 2013 3 comments

I seem to be continuing in a bit of an eco-political mood at the moment, with a brilliant example of animated graphic art catching my eye…

This very stylish video, made by the German Design studio UHS (where you’ll find lots of other very cool stuff) explains in a beautifully simple and clear way how overfishing will potentially empty our oceans within the next 50 years and was made as part of last years Ocean 2012 campaign to raise awareness of the issue, reform EU Fishing Policy and bring about an end to destructive fishing practices.

Having been a vegetarian for the last 25 years or so, and having not eaten any fish at all since I was about 8, this of course doesn’t apply to me, which means I can appreciate the stunning graphics and inventive storyline without guilt or worry…

If only it were that simple, some of the numbers in this presentation are very, very scary…

  • estimated 90% drop in fish stocks over the last 60 years
  • fishing nets with openings greater than 23,000 sqm
  • 9kg of fish are thrown back for every 1kg of shrimp caught (i.e. 90% of the catch is thrown away)
  • 5kg of captured wild fish are needed to feed every 1kg of farmed salmon
  • 10,000 tonnes/ year (recommended scientific limit for catches of blue fin tuna to allow sustainable stocks) 29,500 t/y (EU Fisheries agreed limit)  61,000 t/y (the actual amount caught)

To my mind it comes down to thinking about what you eat and asking yourself where it came from and how it got to be on your plate…

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Anna Meredith – Nautilus video

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A quick update on Anna Meredith, as I recently came across the video for her amazing tune Nautilus…

Made by Tony Comely, it’s full of everything that appeals to me; big colours, bold shapes & clever ideas, with echoes (to my eyes) of Saul Bass and Airside…

And as for that tune, I’m still listening to it (and the whole EP to be honest) and it still sounds like nothing else I’ve heard. When did the trombone ever sound so convincing as an intrinsic element of a dub step track?

A Murmuration of Starlings…

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Watch this truly amazing short film of starlings and marvel at the wonders of nature…

 

Captured by Neels Castillon as he was waiting to film a helicopter flying into the sunset, some of the movements of these birds is so achingly beautiful that at times it seems almost choreographed, especially on the long, static shot from about 2.00 minutes up to the end.. You could almost believe it was CGI, it seems so perfect…

The only down side is having to listen to the god awful voice of last years big thing (this years bargain bin) Alt-J. Try watching it with the sound down and click the link below instead.

Harold Budd and Brian Eno’s The Plateaux of Mirror may well be over 30 years old now, but it still sounds as timeless and graceful as these starlings look…

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