Please enjoy this delightful piece of comment spam that we received at here at DSN. I’ve redacted the contact information but left the rest as is. Who wouldn’t trust Savy Pappy with a Fukushima reactor? I’m sending them $100,000 right now! American People, Global Community, Ladies and Gentlemen We are the Freedom consultants firm. [address]. . . . → Read More: Amazing Fukushima-related spam
The always epic Alex Warneke (a.k.a. A-Pain) made us a little nerd-gift based on the gull-vs-octopus battle. Happy Friday!
Sardines school off Baja California. Photo by Jon Bertsch. http://www.thalassagraphics.com/blog/?p=167 I only eat anchovies with Caesar salad, and am rather fond of the tiny fish that add a bit of strong flavor to the romaine lettuce. I’m unusual for wanting to get even that close to the tiny, oily fish – sardines, anchovy, menhaden – . . . → Read More: How to eat sardines sustainably
Last Friday was the 2 year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The ramifications of the vast amount of oil and dispersant polluting the Gulf are still becoming clear, but the problem hasn’t gone away, nor is it likely to. The New Orleans Times-Picayune rounded up official statements from . . . → Read More: BP oil spill 2-year anniversary: link roundup
Ben Schmidt made this wonderful visualization of shipping from 1750-1850 using ship log data. (H/T Metafilter). It’s long, but worth watching. You can see the infamous Triangle Trade, the effect of the American Revolutionary War, the rise of British colonial sea power, and more. This is a must-see for any fan of Patrick O’Brian’s Master . . . → Read More: One hundred years of shipping: 1750 to 1850
As a followup to Monday’s post on the National Geographic Atlantic bluefin-hunting reality TV show Wicked Tuna, I wanted to highlight some other perspectives. Please go ahead and post those I missed in the comments. From the Center for American Progress (h/t Cameron Coates): Bluefin tuna is one of the poster children for overfishing. . . . → Read More: Wicked Tuna link roundup
When I wrote about Wicked Tuna, the National Geographic channel’s Atlantic bluefin tuna fishing reality show (first aired Sunday night), I thought it would be pretty straightforward. Every rating system – Seafood Watch, Sea Choice, Blue Ocean Institute – lists Atlantic bluefin as an “Avoid.” A look through the scientific literature – though I am not a tuna or fisheries expert – showed a vast gap between the fisheries literature, which focuses on bluefin population structure , and the conservation literature, which is trying to sound the alarm about bluefin’s decline. Frankly, I didn’t think it would be terribly controversial to argue that a purportedly conservation-focused organization like National Geographic shouldn’t encourage consumption of Atlantic bluefin tuna. So I was pretty surprised when two very different scientists, Lee Crockett, Director of Federal Fisheries Policy at the Pew Environment Group and Dr. Molly Lutcavage, Director of the Large Pelagics Research Center at U Mass-Amherst disagreed with my perspective. (I was offered a chance to talk with Crockett about bluefin before the post went up, but the scheduling didn’t work out until afterwards. Dr. Lutcavage reached out to DSN in response to the post.) Both of these tuna experts believe that Wicked Tuna is good publicity for the Atlantic bluefin. . . . → Read More: Eating Wicked Tuna: A marine scientist tries to figure out what the heck is going on
Wicked Tuna fishers land their catch. Image from LA Times The contradictions of the reality TV show Wicked Tuna, which follows fishers out of Gloucester, Massachusetts, as they use hook-and-line to catch bluefin tuna, are utterly mind-bending. Normally, I’d be cheering hook-and-line commercial fishers at the top of my lungs – unlike long lines or . . . → Read More: A wicked bad idear: National Geographic hunts bluefin tuna for entertainment
Fantastic new INVERTEBRATE POWER anthem from UK band the Internauts. H/t @daumari.
Thanks to Ron Etter for the link!