INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED MARINE
BIOLOGIST JOHN MCCOSKER, PH.D. ANSWERS
" WHERE HAVE ALL THE
Monday, June 9, 2003,
at Vanni's Innovative Cuisine in Berkeley
Oakland, CA - June 6, 2003
As part of its “Get the Dish
on Fish” community education celebrations of sustainable
seafood, Passionfish is proud to host renowned marine scientist
and Passionfish advisor John McCosker as he provides guests with
an engaging lecture on the status of wild salmon and what people
can do to help recover these threatened fishes.
The invitation-only dinner event occurs
June 9, 6-9 p.m. at Vanni’s Innovative Cuisine at 1096 Dwight
Way in Berkeley.
In his slide-illustrated lecture,
Dr. McCosker will explain the history and status of salmon and
solutions to their recovery. “For salmon, the king of fishes
in the North Pacific, these are the best and the worst of times,” explains
McCosker. “Best, you might think, because salmon are on every
restaurant menu, it hasn’t been so cheap for years, and eating
it is good for your health. Right? Not exactly.” In fact,
he explains, these are the worst of times. Wild salmon are disappearing
across the Pacific, along with plants and animals that depend on
them. Thankfully, organizations, foundations, and the government
are aware of the problem and efforts are underway to save wild
salmon. McCosker will explain the biology and politics of salmon,
and the conundrum consumers face when asked to choose between wild
versus farmed fish.
McCosker is the Chair of Aquatic Biology
at the California Academy of Sciences (www.calacademy.org). Prior
to his current position, he was the director of the Academy’s
Steinhart Aquarium for 22 years. He is also a sought-after consultant
of salmon, white sharks, and the fishes of the Galapagos Islands.
McCosker’s presentation benefits
Passionfish, a non-profit project that raises awareness of sustainable
fishery and seafood issues through community education events,
public forums, and children’s education projects throughout
the West Coast of North America.
McCosker’s lecture will be accompanied
by a dinner of sustainable seafood prepared by Vanni Patchara of
Vanni’s Innovative Cuisine. Patchara, with his Thai-inspired
flavors, “has a gentle and deeply creative touch with his
food,” says the San Francisco Chronicle.
Organic Vintners (www.organicvintners.com)
of Boulder, Colorado will pour tastes of wine. The company works
wineries around the globe.
Passionfish is an innovative non-profit
project that promotes sustainable fisheries and aquaculture through
public education and stakeholder collaboration. Founded in 2000,
Passionfish helps business and the public grasp the complex issues
of fisheries sustainability. Its programs include exhibitions,
community education “Get the Dish on Fish” dinners,
live public forums, consumer and children’s education. Passionfish
believes that everyone shares the same need for a healthy global
fish population, and endeavors to bring diverse stakeholders together
to troubleshoot and overcome obstacles to ocean sustainability.
The organization promotes unique business-conservation partnerships,
builds solutions through productive dialogue, and inspires children
through experiential learning.
ultimate goal is stewardship of our ocean’s living resources,”
says Patricia Parisi, Passionfish Co-Founder and Director of Marketing
and Communications. “We try to reach this goal by bringing
decisionmakers together to share expertise; to link the fishing,
seafood, and environmental communities to create a flow of sustainable
seafood products into the marketplace; and to educate the public
through our media outreach and publications.
To attend this “Get the Dish
on Fish” event June 9, please contact Jesse Cortes at (510)
655-1259 or Jesse@passionfish.org as soon as possible as seating
is very limited. Donations are suggested from $50-$100.