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Introduction: The Fish on My Plate (02:40)


Paul Greenberg proposes to eat fish every day for a year to explore connections between ocean and human health. He reads a book describing the premise of his new publication, "Omega Principle." and recites a passage from "American Catch" describing early New Amsterdam. (Credits)

The Biggest Little Fish in the Sea: The World's Largest Fishery (04:23)

Captain Juan Castro discusses advantages of night fishing; Peruvian anchoveta catches are not for human consumption. Greenberg explains reduction fishery operations. Former Vice Minister of Fisheries Patricia Majluf believes people should eat the omega three rich anchovies, not export them for aquaculture.

The Biggest Little Fish in the Sea: Encapsulating Anchovies (03:33)

Omega three supplements are a big business; Greenberg tours a Peruvian anchovy oil refinery. The fish's oily compounds spoil quickly, requiring rapid preservation. Capsules can rot; Greenberg opts to eat his daily dose of oils.

The Biggest Little Fish in the Sea: Regulating Industry (03:46)

Low anchovy runs should have kept the season closed, but it opens after the industry pressures the government. TASA representative Humberto Speziani defends his practices; Peru Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries close the season early due to juvenile catches. Greenberg recalls the demise of Cannery Row in Monterey.

Saving the Sea, Saving Myself: Nutrition Study (02:40)

Greenberg explains motivations for writing his new book. He decides to eat fish at every meal for a year; he discusses the decision with his doctor. He makes meals with his family.

Saving the Sea, Saving Myself: Over Fishing (04:34)

Greenberg describes fishing as therapy; he and Carl Safina discuss the decline of marine life; aggressive catching decimated populations by the 1980s. The ocean self-heals if allowed; the 1996 Sustainable Fisheries Act has aided in recovering fish numbers. They deliberate on conservation practices in other countries where limitation laws are not enforced; much of the industry's product reaches America.

Saving the Sea, Saving Myself: Boston Seafood Show (04:40)

Greenberg attends a seafood exhibition. The industry declares, but does not practice sustainability; 90% of America's fish is imported and half farmed. Proponents of aquaculture argue for environmental responsibility; Asian products flood international markets.

Saving the Sea, Saving Myself: Dinner Dialogue (04:08)

Greenberg and his guests dine on seafood procured in various ways. Scientists, and fishery and aquaculture managers discuss the industry and its social and environmental impacts.

Journey to the Salmon Kingdom: Aquaculture Origins (05:32)

Modern aquaculture began in Norway; Greenberg tours an extensive Atlantic Salmon fish farm. Ecowarrior Kurt Oddekalv works to expose farmers; seabed excrement causes various ecological problems.

Journey to the Salmon Kingdom: Ecological Consequences (05:53)

See a Vosso River advertisement featuring Mowi. Frederik Mowinckel discusses the corporate takeover of his uncle's fish farm, expressing concerns over pollution and escaped species threatening wild populations. Lars Asplin explains a computer model of sea lice infestation. Norway government wants to expand aquaculture.

Adjusting Course: Model Fishery (06:35)

Steve D'amato and Greenberg discuss economic, social, and environmental aspects of aquaculture. They visit Faroe Island, where ecologically safe salmon are farmed. The CEO of KVaroy explains differences in his company's methods.

Adjusting Course: Dinner Dialogue (02:22)

Elliot Entis suggests moving aquafarms from ocean to land tanks; he is developing genetically modified salmon. He and Greenberg's other guests discuss aquaculture.

Adjusting Course: Thimble Islands (03:47)

Greenwave Farms Founder Bren Smith grows kelp and filter feeder shellfish; he seeds his winter crop. Smith explains how the farms are sustainable and expresses optimism for feeding growing human populations in a cost effective manner.

The Omega Question (05:54)

Humans evolved eating omega three rich foods. Doctor Jorn Dyerberg discusses various results of studies on oil benefits; findings have not been unequivocal. Greenberg is ready to test the results of eating fish every day for a year.

Saving the Last Wild Food: Alaska (05:16)

Richard Nelson examines an Alaskan Chum run and discusses poor treatment of salmon in North America. John and Nora Skeel explain aquaculture's impact on the fishing industry; Greenberg visits a hatchery near Sitka. Mining claims threaten many spawning streams.

Saving the Last Wild Food: Canada (02:44)

Heather Hardcastle discusses mining impacts and the potential to create environmental disaster. In 2014, Mount Polley Mine dam burst, releasing millions of tons of pollution into Frazier River. Greenberg and Nelson explain the resilience and potential of wild Alaskan salmon.

My Year of Eating Fish: Results (02:27)

Greenberg and his doctor discuss his omega three test; his levels went up by 100%. They deliberate on the potential health benefits.

My Year of Eating Fish: Informed Purchases (03:09)

Greenberg shops at a local fish market, opting for environmentally safe shellfish and wild Alaskan salmon. He explains his aversion to certain products; mercury is in most seafood.

My Year of Eating Fish: Adverse Effects (04:17)

Greenberg discusses his mercury levels with biologist Dan Crystal; the high levels negate the omega three benefits. Greenberg visits his doctor and learns his cholesterol is unchanged, but his blood pressure increased. He considers his feelings about the results and eats a hamburger.

My Year of Eating Fish: Reflections (02:40)

Greenberg and his family fish on the ocean. He discusses aging and developing perspective on fishing.

Credits: The Fish on My Plate (01:01)

Credits: The Fish on My Plate

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"What fish should I eat that's good for me and good for the planet?" That's the question bestselling author and lifelong fisherman Paul Greenberg (Four Fish; American Catch) sets out to answer in The Fish on My Plate. As part of his quest to investigate the health of the ocean—and his own—Greenberg spends a year eating seafood at breakfast, lunch and dinner, eating over 700 fish meals in hopes of improving his health through a dramatic increase in his Omega-3 levels. With people worldwide consuming more seafood than ever, Greenberg also explores questions of sustainability and overfishing, traveling to Norway, where modern fish farming was invented; Peru to witness the world's largest wild fishery; Alaska, where 200 million salmon can be caught each year; and Connecticut to visit a sustainable ocean farming pioneer who is trying to transform the fishing industry.

Length: 84 minutes

Item#: BVL166817

Copyright date: ©2017

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