By Elspeth Probyn

In Eating the Ocean Elspeth Probyn investigates the profound value of the sea and the way forward for fish and human entanglement. On her ethnographic trip round the world's oceans and fisheries, she reveals that the sea is being simplified in a nutrients politics that's overwhelmingly land dependent and preoccupied with buzzwords like "local" and "sustainable." constructing a conceptual tack that mixes severe research and embodied ethnography, she dives into the profitable and endangered bluefin tuna industry, the gendered politics of "sustainability," the ghoulish company of manufacturing fish meal and fish oil for animals and people, and the lengthy historical past of encounters among people and oysters. Seeing the sea because the web site of the entanglement of a number of species—which are all implicated within the interactions of know-how, tradition, politics, and the market—enables us to consider how one can advance a reflexive ethics of flavor and position established within the attention that we won't break out the nutrition politics of the human-fish relationship. 

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Against the man-made significance of la plage, the ocean itself seems so unworldly, so foreign to us landlubbers that we cannot turn it into facile meaning. It cannot be scribed. Connery counters Barthes’s denial of signification to the sea: “Yet signify it does, although in a manner beyond resolve. Is it the void that activates the terrestrial symbolic system? ” (Connery 1996, 290). an oceanic habitus 41 Seasick If the ocean can provide and has provided a powerful horizon in reflecting on human alterity to our marine environment, there are associated a≠ects that may provide new crucial methodological directions for morethan-human research.

Mentz argues that “if we turn from green pastures to blue oceans, we find an already present, partially explored environment for post sustainability thinking” (586). Mentz wants to mine the ocean as radical alterity for whatever might come after sustainability. His manifesto for “blue cultural studies” distinguishes between the safe pastoral and the wild ocean: “For many early modern writers, the land is orderly and human; the sea chaotic and divine” (Mentz 2009b, 1001). He cites Plato’s caution in the Laws: “For the sea, although agreeable, is a dangerous companion, and a highway of strange morals and manners as well as of commerce” (Mentz 2009b, 998).

It had a budget of over a million gbp , cobbled together from the UK Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation and numerous smaller agencies. It is a highly researched and passionately told tale of what is happening in the oceans. It features renowned fish scientists such as the University of British Columbia’s Daniel Pauly. Pauly is a charismatic scholar. He looks directly into the camera and states in his lightly French-accented voice, “All the fish are gone. Where are they? ” I get goose bumps. Of the documentaries I have viewed over the course of this project, The End of the Line is the most powerful.

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