Climate change means your chances of getting sick from eating shellfish go up

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Wed, 11/24/2021 - 5:30pm to 5:45pm

 

Lyf Gildersleeve, the owner of Flying Fish Seafood recently wrote an opinion piece with the Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition about the hazards of climate change in the fishing industry, and how the Build Back Better Act might address it.

In the article, titled Our Oceans Can’t Wait for Climate Action, Gildersleeve writes, "This is an opportunity we can’t miss. To ensure a prosperous seafood industry, vibrant coastal communities, and a safe and ample food supply for years to come, our lawmakers must come together to invest in meaningful climate solutions today."

One big risk is that of food-borne illnesses. A warming climate means bacteria can proliferate and get translated to humans through shellfish consumption. KBOO's SteviRae spoke with Gildersleeve about his work as a fishmonger and how climate change impacts his industry.

 

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