I loves me some metrics. That’s why I’m addicted to this new PLoS ONE paper, published by Trevor Branch at the University of Washington. Also, because Figure 1 is a Wordle: “Word clouds showing the relative frequency of words (A) in Worm et al. , (B) in the press release associated with Worm et al., . . . → Read More: Media hype gets you more citations? Well, it did for this fisheries paper.
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
Shark finning is the capture of sharks expressly for the removal of their fins, which are used to make shark fin soup, a popular status symbol in many Chinese communities. I could understand and accept this practice if the fins were taken from animals that were harvested sustainably and for which markets existed for the . . . → Read More: A San Diego 5th grader is trying to end shark finning, will you help?
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
Two weeks ago I wrote about southeast Asian fishermen, mostly from Cambodia, being forced to work Thai and South Korean fishing vessels. Men are promised other work in Thailand then are forced to stay at sea for up to two years or even longer with no contact with family or time off ship. Their wages . . . → Read More: “Product of Thailand” Could Be Result of Slave Labor
While some think that being a marine scientist is somehow more elitist than being a fisherman, they can’t be further from the truth. As a marine scientist I feel closer to men of the sea than to anyone. This is why I choose to live in a small coastal Carolinian fishing village. We are kindred . . . → Read More: Sweeping Fishermen’s Human Rights Under the Rug
Eric Heupel is a graduate student at University of Connecticut in Oceanography. He keeps a personal blog at Eclectic Echoes and Larval Images, and used to be part of The Other 95% team along with me before we closed shop. You can find Eric tweeting as @eclecticechoes. —————————————————- A few weeks ago there . . . → Read More: Scientist in Residence: Is It Time to Relax Fishing Regulations?
Anthropogenic climate change has been hypothesized for centuries (discussed in Le Treut 2007) before the careful measurements of scientists in the mid-20th century. From 1833 to 1997, Stanhill (2001) calculated that the climate change science doubled every 11 years. The impact of carbon dioxide concentrations in the ocean was recognized early on with measurements and . . . → Read More: From the Editor’s Desk: The Grand Challenge of Ocean Acidification and Fisheries
The domestic fish catching sector has remained stable and in good order as a result of improved structure of fishing vessels. Deep-sea fishing has continued to improve its structure. As a result, the ratio of high seas fishery has increased from 46 to 58 per cent. Damn. via FIS – Worldnews – Fisheries sector continues . . . → Read More: Deep-Sea fisheries increasing in China
This is a special report Jarrett Byrnes, a marine ecologist at University California, Santa Barbara and blogger at I’m a Chordata, Urochordata. ————————————– Something new out there is rather curious. About a year and a half ago, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) postdoc Jai Ranganathan decided he had an opportunity. Some . . . → Read More: Curiouser and Curiouser