There is a reason people are pushing for increased marine protected areas (which currently protect less than 0.1% — yes, that decimal place is supposed to be there — of our ocean from fishing). MPAs work. That’s why in California they passed legislation ten years ago to create an underwater national park system. Now, finally, the project is underway. But not without some contention. Some fishermen are not too happy about closing areas to their industry. But spot prawn lovers are also sulking.
In the LA Weekly, a food blogger wrote this lede:
Your favorite Santa Barbara spot prawn dish, like Michael Cimarusti’s signature salt-roasted ones at his Melrose Avenue restaurant Providence, may be a thing of the past if the most extreme versions of the South Coast Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) proposals pass.
I know that humans relate to marine wildlife primarily through our appetites but to see it so manifestly in the LA Weekly post makes me wonder if we actually belong to the species Homo boneheadedus. What is wrong with us? Maybe we, especially the California food lover subspecies, need a salt-roasted spot prawn to the eye…