Barren and invisible
Before my life as a writer and editor, and before I worked as a musician, I completed an honours degree in marine biology at the University of British Columbia.
I recall being a bit stunned back in the late '80s when one of my professors, a former commercial fisherman, speculated that current fishing practices were, in effect, strip-mining the sea. Surely, I thought, it couldn't be that bad. There were still plenty of fish, and surely all those fisheries regulations worldwide would prevent widespread depletion of fish stocks.