The mural “What it’s Like to Be a Fish” (created by J.Sverchuk & E.Peña) illustrates the underwater worlds of salt water and fresh water. It meets at the center, representing the estuary that makes up the LI sound. The window in the middle of the mural is utilized to provide daylight to the translucent section (of the mural), giving off a stain glass effect.
Did you know Whole Foods Market is one of Fish Tales: Around Westchester’s sponsors?
As the pacemaker for sustainable choices in our daily lives, Whole Foods was a natural partner for Fish Tales’ educational outreach programs. Their sponsorship is helping ArtsWestchester and R.A.R.E
This week, the leader in organic, all-natural and sustainable foods made a big announcement:
As of Earth Day 2012 (that’s this Sunday!) Whole Foods Markets will no longer carry “Re-Rated” wild-caught fish.
What does this mean?
“Red ratings typically suggest that the fish is overfished or caught in ways that harm other marine life or habitats.”
In other words, Whole Foods will only carry fish that is raised/fished in ways that will sustain the future of the species and Earth’s water ecosystems in general.
Thanks Whole Foods!
As a shopper, this means you won’t be seeing the following red-rated species in your White Plains or Yonkers Whole Foods:
- Atlantic Halibut
- Grey Sole (Atlantic)
- Octopus (all)
- Skate Wing
- Swordfish (from specific areas and catch methods rated “red” by our partners)
- Trawl-caught Atlantic Cod
- Tuna (from specific areas and catch methods rated “red” by our partners)
- Imported wild shrimp
- Rockfish (only certain species)
You can read more about Whole Foods’ commitment to a sustainable planet and their decision to remove red-rated wild-caught fish from their stores: HERE.
I heart NY. Why you ask? We live in a State where we are richly endowed with more than 7,600 freshwater lakes, ponds and reservoirs. The inland waterbodies supply us with drinking water that comes straight to our faucets – that we share with over 200 species of neighboring fishes. In knowing that the entire earth is made of only 3% fresh water, we should consider ourselves blessed. So, this week when you make use of New York’s water, (ie. flush the toilet, shower, wash the dishes, brush your teeth, etc) give thanks and give love to the Empire State.