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How much food are we wasting?

July 21st 2014 00:33
Bycatch, unintentionally catching the wrong fish while targeting another species, presents some alarming numbers.

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Although I'm always suspicious of Yahoo's reporting, here's an article they ran a few months ago.


After a little digging, I was more depressed when I found another article, this time from March and not Yahoo, putting the worldwide total as high as 40%.

Sometimes fish are simply thrown back into the ocean whether dead or alive. Yet, in countries where labor is cheap, Latin America, some of Asia or Africa, the bycatch is sorted out and sold as food. This makes sense to me.

Coming from an area where strip mining pays the bills for a lot of people, I'm certainly not going to get into a conservation debate. Sure, it's a bad thing but, bleeding hearts have to realize you can't just throw a switch and mandate that current practices stop immediately. And you can't quickly and simply change the way things have been done for generations. Alternative jobs??? Working at Wal-mart ain't gonna pay the bills!!!


You want an answer? I'm smart enough to know I don't have one. Opinions??? They're like the nose on your face--everybody's got one.


Remember to take the hooks outta yer pocket before ya sit down!




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Sometimes you're too close to a subject to think of all the angles. This was pointed out to me the other day when someone asked me the difference between salt and fresh water.

Everyone has a good idea what salt water is. Basically, it's the ocean or deltas and tributaries not far from the sea. If you've ever swam at the beach and accidentally gulped in a mouth full of ocean water, you know what I'm talking about. The constant wearing away of rocks, coral and general contaminants, including decaying fish and other biological matter, makes the water salty. In fact, I read somewhere that the ocean's salt would create a layer about 500 feet thick--that's about the height of a 40 story building.

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Is global warming making rock snot?

March 20th 2014 20:48
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Whether you buy into the theory of global warming or not, the fact remains that the nuisance known as "rock snot" is showing up more and more.

The range of didymo, commonly called "rock snot, used to be the cooler regions of North America and Alpine regions of Europe and Asia before turning up in New Zealand. Now, it's even turning up in Eastern Canada and while that may make sense from a temperature perspective, it still has researchers worried as this article suggests.

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Getting OFF the endangered species list

February 22nd 2014 01:09
Too often, when an animal is placed on the endangered species list, that's about it and five or ten years later they're gone.

Here's a neat little story about a minnow found only in the United States Oregon's backwaters and it's comeback from near extinction. Although the Oregon chub is coming back, its populations will be monitored for nine years to insure proper growth.

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Wicked Tuna Returns

February 16th 2014 00:35
One of hottest ideas to ever hit TV is reality programming. Although many (myself included) believe the phenomenon secures television's position as "a vast wasteland," there are probably people out there who want to know that Wicked Tuna will return to the National Geographic Channel with new programs Sunday, February 16 at 9 p.m. EDT.

In case you don't receive Nat Geo, Wicked Tuna is a reality television series about commercial bluefin tuna fishing off the coast Gloucester, Massachusetts. The show highlights various fishing boats, the crews and their ups and down. If you can get past the "reality" of it all, you'll see life on a fishing boat is not a vacation at sea.

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Asian Carp Showing Up in Great Lakes

November 17th 2013 05:25
Hopefully, it's not the end of America's Great Lakes Region but scientists have finally documented that an Asian carp species has successfully reproduced within the Great Lakes watershed.

Before anyone panics, remember that Asian carp is a catchall name for several carp species including silver, bighead, grass, and black carp originating from Southeast Asia.

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37 pounds of plastic found in dead whale

November 13th 2013 01:45
It's a sad comment on what Man is doing to this Earth when 37 pounds of plastic is discovered in the stomach of a dead whale but that is exactly what happened this past summer according to this article. (In case you're wondering, that's almost 17 kilos!)

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After 50 years, you don't find lighters like this.

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Study paints gloomy picture for fish

February 15th 2013 19:55
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Many studies that report to affects of man vs. fish and what we're doing to their environment focus on the ocean and sort of puts people who live further inland than coastal regions.

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Happy Holidaze

December 25th 2012 00:23
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So long world!!!

December 21st 2012 00:44
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Sooo, here it is December 21.

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In praise of Dick's (again)

December 20th 2012 12:30
A few years back I wrote what amounts to a glowing statement of support for Dick's Sporting Goods because they were making donations to an organization near and dear to my heart--Angling Fish.

To make a long story short, they're at it again, taking action that may infuriate many potential customers.

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Rock Snot--gross in so many ways

September 28th 2012 19:46
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Maybe you've seen cottony, gooey messes on the water in places you never found them before. Congratulations! You're part of the growing number of people who find rock snot in our water ways. Didymo, more commonly known as Rock Snot, is one of those invasive species that's making a foothold in more and more places. While it's not considered a significant health risk to humans, it can affect stream habitats and sources of food for fish. So, things can trickle down to make life rough for people and if you happen to get some on your body, you certainly won't die but there are more pleasant experiences you can have in nature.

Didymo
Seen anything like this? This shot is from New Zealand.
Although didymo originated in northern climates, it's shown up in places like New Zealand, Asia, Europe, and South America. In the US, rock snot can be found as far south as Tennessee.

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A good link

August 19th 2012 01:18
A while back, this blog spent a couple of days on the topic of invasive species.

While looking for something else this morning, I came across this link which goes well with the topic.

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Blame it on the weather

July 15th 2012 00:02
I knew it was hot and sticky around here and some serious rain would be a welcome relief but I didn't know it was this bad.

It seems that a local lake marina is closing for the season despite plenty of summer on tap for all of us. Since this article is dated from a few days ago, part of the excitement is already over but at least, they got the 4th of July in.

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It seems like I'm getting less and less time to blog but I saw something the other night on TV that caught my attention.

The National Geographic Channel was rerunning on old episode of their program Garbage Moguls which depicts a company devoted to turning every day garbage into viable products for mass consumption.

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Do you fish polluted water?

March 22nd 2012 02:41
There's a lot to think about in this article.

Some people would be appalled at the idea of fishing in polluted waters. If you're only there for sport rather than food, there are worse things that can happen.

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Conservation vs. Livlihood

December 12th 2011 16:37
Really Long Link

I saw this article and thought was a good example of what people are used to and what they may need to do.

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A little bit about hydrilla

October 11th 2011 16:48
No matter where you live, it's never cool to go fishing and have to take grass off your hook every time you reel in.

There's probably a big fish hiding under that mess. You have to ask yourself if it's worth it.
No matter what you call it--soup-slop-sea weed-or whatever...did you know that one of the most common varieties of pond grass here in the States is actually an invasive species?

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The End of the Line (again)

October 5th 2011 15:00
The other day I reviewed a movie called "The End of the Line."

You can imagine my surprise when I saw an article by the same name in Time Magazine.

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Empty handed?

September 13th 2011 03:41
I'm pretty bad about keeping up with my email. When I finally checked my inbox and there was a message from Recycled Fish that contained the line "...although we donít always catch fish, we never leave empty handed." That can be true on so many levels.

The first thing that comes to mind for may people is picking up a hand full of mono filament line that someone left lying around. That's always a good thing to do but, if possible, pick up some split shot also. Those sinkers, especially the smaller ones, are often mistaken for pebbles by birds who need small rocks to aid their digestion. Although lead is not healthy for beasts or humans, the hazards are often proportional and a piece of split shot is going to be a lot less harmful to you than a bird.

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