Claire Nouvian, author of The Deep, provides a blunt and passionate discussion of why deep-sea fishing is very, very bad over at CNN. In blatant ignorance of science and oblivious to common sense, bottom trawling — or “bulldozing,” as it should be called — goes on with the complicity of our governments and our own . . . → Read More: Deep sea fishing is ‘oceanocide’
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Captain Phil of the F/V Cornelia Marie. He suffered a massive stroke a week ago and though he was showing signs of recovery, passed away yesterday. You can say what you want about Discovery Channel and their program Deadliest Catch, but Captain Phil was . . . → Read More: RIP Captain Phil
Fig. 5 from Watters et al. (2010). “Examples of debris items observed from the Delta submersible during deep-water surveys on the seafloor off central and southern California: (a) monofilament fishing line in gorgonian corals off central California at 95 m (photo by M. Yoklavich); (b) gill net snagged on rock off southern California at 80 . . . → Read More: Taking Fish and Leaving Trash
This is useful angling knot to attach a line to hook, lure, or swivel. The half-blood prince knot is a basic and multipurpose knot you should add to your arsenal.
In the how to achieve conservation goals and police international waters within the bounds of international law and without harming the life of a ship’s crew or damage to privately owned property (and thus causing even more pollution and debris in the ocean) corner we have Greenpeace. In the other corner, well, those other guys. . . . → Read More: Greenpeace Intercepts Tuna Trawler – Doin’ it Right
You may heard of vegetable coops, meat shares and perhaps even fish shares, now NOAA is advocating “catch shares” for western US fishermen. People can buy in to a particular cooperative harvest each season, ensuring that farmers and fishermen get a fair price for their products. Farmers often practice better farming/harvesting methods that hopefully raise . . . → Read More: West Coast Fishermen to Adopt “Catch Shares”
Hmm… What be that in the shark’s mouth? I have my own ideas, but would LOVE to hear what you think in the comments! Some of the language might be NSFW.
President Barack Obama signed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 into law yesterday, authorizing sustained funding for ocean exploration, mapping, coastal and ocean observation, ocean acidification research and monitoring, coastal and estuarine land conservation, and… shipwrecks! They’re in there somewhere. I just know it. ; ) An astute commenter pointed out this . . . → Read More: Can we get excited now?
DeepSee submersible, a 3 man HOV depth rated to 475 m Scripps Insitute of Oceanography (SIO) post-doc Brad Erisman and colleagues Exequiel Ezcurra and Octavio Aburto-Oropeza used the three person DeepSee submersible to explore nearshore and remote sites seamounts off the coast of Baja California. They report that life is abundant, but the impacts of . . . → Read More: Deep Impacts from Fishing off Baja California