Surfrider's "Catch of the Day"

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  1. scottyboy says:

    Does it bother anyone else that they are wrapping garbage in cellophane and styrofoam, thus compounding the problem?

  2. elisd says:

    That first image made me gag a little bit. Mission accomplished, I guess.

  3. Gareth Branwyn says:

    Yeah, I know. It’s a Unicorn Chaser waiting to happen.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Disclaimer: I am completely disgusted by what I have found on beaches around the world. We are, as a race, complete pigs about picking up after ourselves, and I’ve been actively involved in cleaning up coastlines and rivers for years.

    So.

    It’s all fun and games until a federal inspector shows up on the day that Surfrider has decided to plunk these down in a vendor’s display at the farmer’s market. Hey, even a grossed-out customer who makes a phone call or two.

    The seafood vendor gets shut down, at least temporarily, but possibly permanently — and the farmer’s market folks may drop him from their vendor list for having had violations.

    Congratulations. Your statement about waste on the beaches has just cost somebody AT MINIMUM thousands of dollars in fines, inventory he had to throw away because it’s now contaminated (and yeah, biological waste like used condoms is particularly egregious in the eyes of the regulators).

    At maximum, you’ve cost him his business and his livelihood.

    Wow, I bet you feel better about yourself and your statements.

    Make the statement — but find a better microphone. Rent a space in the market and have this stuff as a display, completely separate from somebody else’s business.

  5. banjology says:

    Do they at least have permission from the vendors before they mix this in with their produce? If I saw this I would just avoid that vendor at all costs, so really aren’t they directly targeting people selling food and not the consumers?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Umm, I went to Saatchi & Saatchi’s site, out of curiosity and they would not let me see any of their previous work without clicking on a legal disclaimer.

    Pass.

  7. sworm says:

    I’d buy that for a dollar.

  8. bugmaker says:

    ….mmmm, Coney Island white fish! But seriously, shouldn’t this project be targeting big name grocery chains, rather than “local farmer’s markets”? I think the larger stores fuel the industrialized depletion of the oceans, and the smaller markets are often offering regionally produced items. The mindless masses are the ones truly in need of this message.

  9. TheChickenAndTheRice says:

    The aerosol cans are beautiful in the antiseptic packaging.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hey, Robin Hood — take another read.

    It says “strategically placed around local farmers’ markets” — that sounds like it’s absolutely possible they laid it right in there with someone’s merchandise.

    Doesn’t make sense, I agree…but not every well-intentioned gesture has been fully thought through before its utilization.

  11. robin_hood says:

    You all are obviously confusing “generally knowing/caring about the problem” with “actually doing something about it or paying someone else to do something about it”

    and there’s no better audience to target with your message of “pay me to do something about this” than slightly-guilt ridden and slightly well-off consumers

    I do not think that they mixed this in with unaware vendors’ seafood – c’mon have a little common sense people

  12. ikegently says:

    I don’t think that farmers’ markets are really the right conduit for this message. Consumers who shop there are already usually more environmentally conscious, and the vendors are generally more responsible, too. They should place them in major retail chains where they would reach their target market and not hurt the businesses at the markets.

  13. resista says:

    I am in the ad biz and I think these are fair enough and well done. You can’t deny that is what is going on. Farmed seafood isn’t that healthy either so I don’t know what to do. I can’t live without seafood. If you count Crawfish as seafood then I would rather starve.

    Dat’s the way it is in the NOLA. People sell seafood they caught that day on the side of the road. Of course out the brackish lake here is cleaner than ever. Much better than it was when I was a kid. We took responsibility for our local environment about 20 years ago.

  14. Todd Knarr says:

    I’d think this would be a legal minefield waiting to happen. What’s the Surfrider Foundation going to do when a merchant sues them for the cost of the merchandise that had to be thrown out because the merchant couldn’t verify that the package hadn’t contaminated the food plus the damage to their business and reputation?

  15. jackie31337 says:

    The link @22 kind of makes it sound like Surfrider set up a stand at a local farmer’s market to “sell” these items. In that context, I can see it being educational and a good way to start discussion about the problem.

  16. chris says:

    Surely there is a better way to accomplish awareness besides punishing patrons of local farmers markets, and the local fish farmers. Not a fan.

  17. mdh says:

    I think the chances of getting a Stop and Shop or Safeway to display these is almost exactly zero.

  18. Anonymous says:

    So… I think that anyone who is shopping at a local farmer’s market for their seafood has some idea already of the negative impacts of ocean/beach dumping. Sorry, guys, wrong target.

  19. Nate Balcom says:

    Great campaign. The condoms were a little nasty, but it helps drive the point home. Well done!

  20. urbanspaceman says:

    Ah, Coney Island Whitefish!

    Seriously, an electric folk band called The Horseflies did a song called “Needles On The Beach back in the early 90′s satirizing the problem of waste washing up on beaches. It’s called “Needles On The Beach” and a live version can be heard here (legally) for free:

    http://www.archive.org/details/horseflies1992-07-17.shnf

  21. Clemoh says:

    Amazingly effective. These pass easily for Art in and of themselves. Double WOW.

  22. Takuan says:

    it helps I suppose, but if you could see the thickness and size of the layer… A custom bug that eats plastic and thrives under hard UV would be nice. High saline tolerance.

  23. Takuan says:

    mmm… about two decades ago I’d comb a diving beach beach in the middle of the Pacific for something to do, and make a bonfire of the plastic and wipe the strand clean….for one tide…

  24. weatherman says:

    Seriously, $1.36 for condom strips? Who would pay that price? I can get them fresh locally for less than half the price!

  25. Jason Rizos says:

    There is no saving the ocean. We are all completely fvcked.

  26. Anonymous says:

    I almost feel like creating an account to be able to favorite this, but alas, I’m probably never going to do that, and this site is blocked from bugmenot.com.

    This is what this site is about. Culture hacking and societal commentary mixed with a heavy dose of zaniness… That said, out of context in a supermarket aisle this could mean absolutely nothing… People would tend to blame the store rather than make the connection to polluters on the beach.

  27. Faceless says:

    They’re obviously more concerned with their “statement” making waves than anything else. Otherwise they wouldn’t be wrapping trash in plastic film and styrofoam.

  28. normd says:

    The power of the images will suffice.

    Dumping these objets d’art in the packaged seafood section of some supermarket isn’t going to make someone think about being responsible with their garbage — it will simply keep them away from the seafood counter.

  29. holtt says:

    I uh… would totally be disgusted and pissed off if someone put any of those in with food or near food. To the point of it completely missing the point.

    Hell maybe we can wrap up fresh dog shit to help dog owners become better at bagging it up. Buckets of phlegm to help stop people from spitting on the sidewalk. Load up shopping bags with used needles. Shrink wrapped cow heads to raise awareness of inhumane slaughter house practices.

  30. coaxial says:

    When I saw saw the condom package, I was immediately reminded of another pic. [NSFW]

  31. ill lich says:

    “Do you have these in ribbed? They withstand stir-frying better.”

  32. eclectro says:

    Where is the friggin’ uniform coughing up rainbow skittles??

  33. Halloween Jack says:

    Sounds like Surfrider will become the next PETA in the Attention Whoring Posing As Activism department.

  34. digdug001 says:

    monkey wrench business for sure.

  35. Metronicity says:

    That seafood is off. TreeHugger ran this six months ago.

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