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Background on the "Give Swordfish A Break" campaign

In recent months the U.S. fishermen that harvest the broadbill swordfish have become the targets of the well-funded Give Swordfish A Break campaign. Many swordfish - and several other open-ocean fish known collectively as highly migratory species - are harvested in offshore waters beyond the 200 mile management zones of coastal nations. As a consequence they are usually managed by international bodies. In the case of swordfish, the management authority is the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). ICCAT is an international organization established via treaties signed by all the member nations, including the U.S. The organizations behind the Give Swordfish A Break campaign don't agree with the way ICCAT is managing the swordfish fishery. Not able or willing to work for change within a well-established, science-based mangement system, they are trying to force change by organizing a U.S. consumer boycott. 

Unfortunately this boycott, while having little or no effect on the nations or fishermen who are not complying with existing regulations, will greatly impact the U.S. swordfish fleet and the coastal communities that serve as their home ports. And the U.S. swordfish fleet, which is made up of under 200 boats generally operated as family businesses, is in full compliance with all of the appropriate federal and international regulations.

The links below will take you to a series of articles that examine the swordfish issue.

Link to Dallas Observer swordfish article
An article from the Dallas Observer which dissects the swordfish boycott and puts it in a much more realistic perspective.
Link to St. Petersburg Times swordfish article
An article from the St. Petersburg (Florida) Times which addresses SeaWeb's motivations for "saving swordfish" and points out some of the hypocrisy this boycott is laced with.
Link to FishNet addressinhg the swordfish boycott
A NJ FishNet that looks at the swordfish boycott and provides some background information on the organizations that are supporting it.
Link to Linda Greenlaw profile
A profile of Linda Greenlaw, a swordfish longline fleet high liner and one of the people featured in Sebastian Junger's best selling book The Perfect Storm.
Link to Perfect Storm review
A review of The Perfect Storm, a book  detailing the last days of the ill-fated swordfish longliner Andrea Gail and her crew.
Link to Philadelphia Inquirer swordfish boycott article An article from the Philadelphia Inquirer describing a debate between the supporters of the Pew/SeaWeb consumer boycott and a chef who took the trouble to determine what the actual situation was regartding U.S. fishermen.
Link to Philadelphia Inquirer swordfish boycott follow-up column A follow-up column from the Philadelphia Inquirer describing Chef Jack McDavid's position in taking on the Pew Trust financed swordfish boycott.
Link to swordfish ceviche recipe What you will be missing - Part I: Marinated Swordfish Acapulco Style from The Nouvelle Cuisine Cookbook by Armand Aulicino.
Link to recipe for skewered swordfish What you will be missing - Part II: UskuKilic Sis (skewered swordfish) from Turkish Cookery by Inci Kut.
Link to recipe for skewered swordfish What you will be missing - Part III: Charcoal - Broiled Swordfish from The Martha's Vineyard Cookbook by Louise Tate King and Jean Stewart Wexlar.
Link to Reuters article on lack of mercury threat from fish From the article on a JAMA study: "Sea bass? Flounder? Eat up. There's evidence, scientists said Tuesday, that ocean fish pose little risk, even to children and pregnant women, from low levels of mercury they pick up in the aquatic food chain."
Link to Boston Globe article on the swordfish boycott An article from the Boston Globe food section on the swordfish boycott that covers both sides in what is becoming an increasingly controversial Pew backed initiative.