Why I Don’t Eat Most Canned Tuna Anymore

Recently, legendary explorer and tireless ocean protector Dr. Sylvia Earle said something that caused me to rethink the kinds of seafood I put on my family’s dinner table.

Dr. Earle and her colleagues at Mission Blue fly with LightHawk to gain a big picture perspective of the ocean surface, to inform their work to protect the vibrant world beneath the waves. Dr. Earle’s passion for our blue planet, and its ocean wildlife, was palpable as she joined LightHawk’s annual Fly-In gathering.

Her remarks and recollections from 40 years of ocean exploration truly moved her audience of LightHawk volunteer pilots, partners and supporters gathered that evening on the coast of Maine. I was lucky enough to be in the front row and as I listened to her, I knew we needed to share her “Hawk Talk” with you.

Dr. Earle covered a lot during the hour she spoke, so, pour your favorite beverage, sit back and prepare to be inspired. Click here for Dr. Earle’s Hawk Talk address

**Don’t miss these memorable moments:

At minute 3:00 she describes seeing the earth from above for the first time.

At minute 7:15 she begins to share images, and describes meeting a 62-year-old “sister” bird.

At minute 17:45, she talks about the jaw-dropping discoveries being made 300 feet below the surface.

Beginning at minute 47:28, she talks about being on The Colbert Report, seafood marketing spin and “Appalachian Yard Trout”.

After you watch this, help the oceans by sharing it with your friends and family, and let us know what you are doing to make a difference for ocean wildlife.

Make sure you’re making a sustainable choice. Download the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch pocket guide for your phone or computer.

 

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After spending a year and four days in the extreme cold and white of Antarctica, I came back to the world a changed person. My passion is to share stories of people doing extraordinary things and I've done that since 2008 as the chief storyteller for LightHawk. LightHawk is a unique non-profit that grants flights to conservation groups through a network of volunteer pilots. Nearly everyday LightHawk donates educational, scientific and photography flights covering the U.S., Mexico, Central America and parts of Canada. LightHawk volunteer pilots, aircraft and resources help to tip the balance toward sustainability for every major environmental issue within our targeted areas of focus. My favorite part of flying at 1,000 feet in a small aircraft is seeing how that perspective changes how people see their communities and empowers them to take positive action on behalf of conservation. Taking off is pretty cool too.