Al Gore criticized for serving threatened fish species at daughter's wedding

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    There's not many people in the US who is more of a hypocrite than Al Gore...

    Full story: http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,22090734-5001031,00.html
     
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    mmmm....Chilean Sea Bass....sooo yummy.

    I'm not going to jump on the bash Gore bandwagon on this one...he isn't out there saying, "No one should eat fish that are being overfished due to high demand." Of course, amusingly there was no high demand until they changed the fishs' name, apparently Patagonian Toothfish just doesn't sound as tasty.

    Then again...Chilean Sea Bass was one of the options the caterer offered for my wedding...I turned it down because of the over-fishing issue and went with salmon instead...and I'm no world-renowned environmentalist. ;)
     
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    was your salmon ................ line or net caught or god forbid farmed

    also chilean sea bas is not endangered

    http://www.state.gov/g/oes/rls/fs/2002/8989.htm
     
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    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2007/07/19/eagore119.xml

    Al Gore's fish dinner turns out green

    By Catherine Elsworth
    Last Updated: 12:01am BST 19/07/2007

    Al Gore, the world's most high profile green campaigner, was at the centre of an embarrassing row yesterday after the serving of a rare fish at his daughter's Beverly Hills wedding.

    Model of a Patagonian toothfish or Chilean sea bass - Al Gore served 'endangered fish' at daughter's wedding
    Model of a Patagonian toothfish or Chilean sea bass

    Just one week after Live Earth, his global musical spectacular to raise awareness of environmental issues, the former vice-president attended a rehearsal dinner for his daughter's marriage that featured Chilean sea bass. Sarah Gore, 28, a medical student, was married to the Los Angeles businessman Bill Lee at the Beverly Hills Hotel on July 14.

    The night before the wedding, People magazine reported, the Gores were at a dinner for 75 at the nearby Crustacean restaurant where a six-course tasting menu included Chilean sea bass - also known as Patagonian toothfish.

    The reaction was swift: writing in in the Australian Daily Telegraph, Rebecca Keeble of Humane Society International, a conservation pressure group, complained of the danger to the species from "from illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing activities".

    She noted that "more than 50 per cent of toothfish traded is illegally caught, and includes juveniles vital to the ongoing toothfish population". She called on the US government to help crack down on illegal fishing by sanctioning Spain for allowing its nationals to fish illegally for the species in conservation areas.
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    And in the meantime, she acidly suggested, "Al Gore could choose something else to eat". Her attack on the former vice-president, and his implied hypocrisy, were rapidly picked up by bloggers around the world.

    But the fish enjoyed by the Gores were not endangered or illegally caught.

    Rather, the restaurant later confirmed, they had come from one of the world's few well-managed, sustainable populations of toothfish, and caught and documented in compliance with Marine Stewardship Council regulations. The Gores' spokesman, Kalee Kreider, admitted that the fish has been on the menu, but said: "The Gores absolutely agree with this humane society and the rest of the environmental community about illegally caught Chilean sea bass.

    "The problem is huge. This is unfortunate, we have been in touch with the society today. The really important thing is that people become more aware of this issue."
     
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    Thank GOD! We can all like him again!!! :rolleyes:
     
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    Ooops:


    Attacks on Gore backfire. Yesterday, conservatives across the blogosphere, citing a People magazine article and a poorly-researched Austrailian Daily Telegraph article, smeared Al Gore by claiming that he ate Chilean Sea Bass — a threatened species – at a rehearsal dinner for his daughter’s wedding. Attempting to paint Gore as an environmental hypocrite, BlogsForBush, NewsBusters, and others expressed outrage over the hypocrisy. But, as the Telegraph reports today, “Al Gore’s fish dinner turns out green“:

    [T]he fish enjoyed by the Gores were not endangered or illegally caught.

    Rather, the restaurant later confirmed, they had come from one of the world’s few well-managed, sustainable populations of toothfish, and caught and documented in compliance with Marine Stewardship Council regulations


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    Good to know there is such a place. I LOVE Chilean Sea Bass. I guess the place where he got his sea bass was a bit out of my price range. ;)
     
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    Could be like Dumb and Dumber. And again the jackass falls short.
     

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