Don’t Count on Shellfish as Part of Your Emergency Food Supply

The Japan nuclear melt down is to threaten most of the Pacific Ocean’s sea life.  There is controversy about how much contamination is “safe”.  Predictions about how fast the sea life will be decreased or depleted range from a few months to a few years.  Some species of sea life or plants might not be directly effected by the contamination, but humans may find it not fit for consumption.

Either way, it’s not good.  What species do survive might not be what we want to eat.  Not to mention the upset in the ecological balance of the oceans for the next 100 or so years.  Even if the predictions of U. S. waters and fishes being contaminated don’t come true, it gives one pause to think about what would happen in a world changing event.

Even without the contamination possibilities in the back of our minds, we already have plenty to think about in terms of the current state of the coastal waters and the food supply some people might have in their emergency plans.

Oyster bed on the Cape Fear River, Wilmington, North Carolina

The United States’ east coast Atlantic ocean is already polluted and many fish and shellfish are not edible or are going extinct from the waters.  The loss of oyster beds along both the east and west coasts leaves the only good oyster beds left in the Gulf of Mexico.  Now, most oysters and shellfish consumed in the U.S. and around the world are from Asia.

There are efforts in all areas of coastal waters to increase oyster beds and make better conditions for other coastal shellfish.  If the prepared are planning on those resources it needs to happen quickly.


Oysters as Part of Your Food Plan?

Oyster shells were used for everything from food to paving roads.  Over-harvesting is one of the causes for the loss of oyster beds in some parts of the United States and around the world.
Oyster shells were used for everything from food to paving roads. Over-harvesting is one of the causes for the loss of oyster beds in some parts of the United States and around the world.

Many people living in coastal areas are relying on the sea for a source of protein during a life changing event.  That’s probably great if you have a boat with enough fuel to get away from all the other people who will be doing the same thing.  There are other things to consider when thinking about the oceans as a source of protein.  Aside from the obvious dangers involved with competition for food and all the nasty business that goes along with that, there could be contamination of the water and the creatures living in it.

If there is an event of such magnitude, it is possible that sewer systems will fail and that people will indiscriminately use the coastal lands and waters for their privy needs.  The waters will become polluted with everything from human waste and be passed on to the sea creatures that live there.  Shellfish may become contaminated and in turn cause any manner of illnesses among humans, which can then be spread from person to person.

Complicating the matter is the fact that oysters are fast disappearing along most of the U. S. coast line.  Habitat along the east and west

Oysters are expensive in stores and restaurants.

coasts has been destroyed, contaminated, or the oysters have fallen to diseases.  Oysters have been over harvested, creating another problem to overcome.  Workers in those regions are trying to save the oyster beds and rejuvenate the oyster population.  Because of this most oysters harvested in the United States are commercially harvested in the Gulf of Mexico and its bays.

Oyster farming is becoming popular in some regions.  Some of the “farms” are for the purpose of taking the oysters to market.  Others are for the purpose of starting and tending to new oyster beds in an effort to restore oyster beds to a region.  Which ever purpose oysters are being raised, it is labor intensive and hard work.

If you want to enjoy oysters, now is the time to do it.  Individuals can harvest them and preserve them for use later.  You may freeze them, smoke them, or can them.  Preserving them means you can enjoy the free protein harvest now and later.  Well, not completely free since you will need fishing licenses and you will have to do some work.  But you have to work regardless of the product you are preserving, right?

For more information about oysters, oyster habitats or oyster farming and harvesting visit this Oyster Recycling web site.  You’ll be surprised what you can do with an empty oyster.

Illegal Aliens on Our Lawns?

In case you didn’t know, we live near the Mexico border.  The number of illegal Mexicans who live here is quite large.  Actually, those people don’t so much bother me because almost all of them have been here for a long time, or they have family living on both sides of the border.  They go back and forth between borders as easily as we cross state lines.

But, what is bothersome is the most recent incident.  Forty-two illegal aliens were riding down the road in two pickup trucks.  Now, I have never been able to figure out how that many people can fit into one normal pick up truck.  But, they do, and they do it often.  They are jammed in those trucks tighter than sardines.

As it was, they chose the wrong town to operate their vehicles illegally.  The police noticed the two trucks and decided to pull them over for traffic violations.  (Probable cause.  It’s always in the details!)  When the trucks did not immediately stop and progressed to the next town,  police officers from both communities forced them to stop.

As the trucks stopped  the forty-two illegal aliens from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador scattered like roaches as they evaded police officers.  In all, 22 of them were never caught and are free to roam about our neighborhoods until they find alternate transportation.

Make no mistake.  These people are desperate and dangerous.  They can and will do anything to avoid getting sent back to their homelands.  They will do what ever they need to do to find food, clothing and shelter.  No one is safe when illegals are present.

This was one day I was glad to have a personal protection handgun.  This all happened within walking distance of my home.  Had I not learned to be prepared for emergencies, I would not have had my weapon properly ready.  I would not have been able to sleep well knowing twenty-two criminals were running amok in our area.  Until the others are captured, or enough time has passed to make me think they have moved on, it will remain by my side. South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend