shrimp, prawn or lobster?


31 January 1966, Japan
Japanese spiny lobster
original paint: Eizo Kato ( 1906 – 1972 )

When this stamp was issued, we were not aware of the impact of the commercial fishing on the ocean environment.  Recent researches are revealing the scale of destruction and I was shocked to watch ‘The Death of the Oceans?’ presented by David Attenborough.

This is the Japanese spiny lobster and they seem ethically OK.  But smaller ones, prawns or shrimps are more problematic.  Shrimp trawling causes a lot of bycatch.  According to Greenpeace Seafood Red List, there are 10 kgs of bycatch for 1 kg of shrimp, and endangered species, such as sea turtles, are often caught.  Prawns and shrimps are largely exported to Japan, USA and Western Europe.

Do we keep enojoying Dim Sum at a reasonable price in traditional Chinese restaurant or look for a MSC certified restaurant and pay a bit more? – Although I am used to choose vegetables and meat ethically, this is not an easy question to ask myself.

原画:加藤栄三 ( 明治39 – 昭和47 )

この切手が発行された時にはまだ、漁業が環境に与えている影響についてほとんど議論されていなかったと思います。最近、デーヴィッド・アッテンボローのBBCのドキュメンタリー『The Death of the Oceans?』を観てショックを受けました。人口の増加と漁業技術の進歩、寿司が世界中で好まれるようになったこと、、、原因はたくさんあるけれど、ともかくこのまま続けると海の生態系はずたずたになってしまう。



2 thoughts on “shrimp, prawn or lobster?

  1. なんでも日本は世界の総エビ捕獲量の48パーセントを締めるんだそうです。日本人は食い過ぎ!?

  2. うわー、それほどまで日本だったか。そんな、どこでそんなに食べてる?シューマイ?あれは豚肉とエビだったような。他には?甘エビなんて、そんなにしょっちゅう食べないよね?あ、日本に住んでたら普通にたくさん食べるかな??

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