You may have heard by now that actor and ocean activist Ted Danson wrote a book called "Oceana: Our Endangered Oceana and What We Can Do to Save Them". Washington Post writer Christopher Schoppa has also heard the news; he recently featured Danson‚Äôs book in his Political Bookworm column, naming it one of the most important new political bestsellers. "Oceana" currently ranks #4 on the WaPo's political bestseller list, right behind Henry Kissinger's book, "On China."
Washington Post environment and politics reporter Juliet Eilperin has a new book out today that explores the science and mythology behind the ocean‚Äôs top predators.
In ‚ÄúDemon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks,‚ÄĚ Eilperin travels the globe -- she swims with whale sharks in Belize and great white sharks in South Africa -- to investigate how individuals and cultures relate to sharks and how the misperceptions surrounding them threaten their continued existence on the planet.
The book also includes a few nods to Oceana‚Äôs shark campaign work, including our work to combat the use of squalane in beauty products, and actress January Jones‚Äô visit to Capitol Hill to advocate for sharks.
But enough about us, be sure to check out NPR‚Äôs great interview with Eilperin, and catch her on tour in the coming months. You can see her full tour schedule as well as excerpts, reviews and other information about the book at www.demonfishbook.com.
Here‚Äôs a book trailer for ‚ÄúDemon Fish‚ÄĚ to whet your appetite:
Andy Sharpless is the CEO of Oceana.
Oceana‚Äôs new Seafood Fraud campaign kicked off Wednesday with an event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. As the Washington Post reported, it wasn‚Äôt just a press conference; it was also a seafood pop quiz.
Our campaigners asked audience members to identify skinless fillets of halibut and fluke by sight, and did the same for red snapper vs. hake and for farmed vs. wild salmon. Then they conducted a taste test between tilapia and vermilion snapper.
The result? While a few fish-savvy folks passed the tests, many people couldn‚Äôt tell the difference, which is a simple illustration of how easy it is to fool seafood consumers.
That‚Äôs one of the key points of our new report, ‚ÄúBait and Switch,‚ÄĚ which explains how consumers are frequently served a completely different fish species than the one they paid for. Seafood may be mislabeled as often as 25 to 70 percent of the time for fish such as red snapper, wild salmon and Atlantic cod, according to recent studies.