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November 4, 2013 | By Mark Gold and Cara Horowitz
You've probably seen the images of dolphins caught in abandoned monofilament fishing nets, or of vast areas of plastic trash floating in remote waters of the Pacific, or of sea turtles consuming plastic bags that look remarkably like one of their favorite foods: jellyfish. Or perhaps, after a rainstorm, you've walked on a beach that resembled a landfill. Some 20 million tons of plastic pollution enters the oceans each year, and it's devastating the marine environment. Plastic litter is also costly.
September 15, 1985
Assemblyman Gerald N. Felando (R-San Pedro) has been appointed to the newly created Pacific Fisheries Legislative Task Force by Assembly Speaker Willie Brown (D-San Francisco). The task force, composed of lawmakers from California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Idaho and British Columbia, was created to promote the fishing, seafood and aquaculture industries, and work with other fishery organizations to resolve interstate disputes. The group will hold its first meeting in Portland, Ore.
The hot dog you eat at a ballgame in coming years may be made from a fish you'd never consider eating now, and you'll warm it up by pulling a tab on the wrapping, some food futurists say. Whether or not the International Food Futurists' predictions come to pass, Americans are eating more fish: an increase from 12 pounds per person a year to 15.9 pounds per person a year over the last decade.
September 16, 1998 | NICK GREEN
Cries of "the fish are here" heralded the arrival Tuesday of 5,000 tiny white sea bass to a Port of Hueneme aquaculture facility from a Carlsbad hatchery. "This is an exciting event," said Tom O'Neill, chairman of the Oxnard College science department. "It's kind of like having a child." The placement of the wriggling silver fish into a pair of 5,000-gallon tanks at the facility--operated by the nonprofit Channel Islands Marine Resource Institute--represented a birth of sorts.
February 20, 1987 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
California's fish farmers, who for years raised trout to test the angler's skill, are expanding rapidly to meet the new demand for catfish by recent immigrants from Asia accustomed to buying fish live from retailers' tanks. Aquaculture--the raising of fish, shellfish and aquatic plants--still accounts for only an estimated $30 million of California's $14 billion in wholesale farm production every year.
March 8, 1988 | CHRIS KRAUL, San Diego County Business Editor
Attracted by lower prices and low fat content, Americans have found a growing appetite for shrimp, increasing their consumption of the shellfish by 47% during the past five years. Americans consumed more than 2.2 pounds per capita last year, up from 1.5 pounds in 1982, according to the Commerce Department. That trend, which contrasts with a decline in U.S. consumption of red meat over the same period, has been a boon to Ocean Garden Products, the San Diego-based U.S.
June 15, 1985 | LORENA OROPEZA, Times Staff Writer
Marine biologists are studying scallops in San Diego Bay and Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad to determine if the tasty mollusks should be fair catch for sport fishermen, who have been prohibited from gathering them since 1954. On April 1 about 7,800 scallops were moved from the lagoon to the bay to see if they could repopulate the bay, where they have been missing for years, said John M. Duffy, who heads the study for the state Fish and Game Department.
January 19, 1989 | DANIEL P. PUZO, Times Staff Writer
Commercial shrimp farming has increased dramatically in the last seven years, causing retail prices to drop and threatening the livelihood of fishermen, according to a San Diego-based trade publication. Last year, for instance, farms were responsible for producing 22% of the world's supply of this expensive and popular crustacean, Aquaculture Digest recently reported.
February 26, 1998 | Associated Press
Newly incorporated Pacific Marine Resources, whose investors include Keeton Industries of Fort Collins, Colo., joined forces with Atlanta-based lumber company Georgia-Pacific Corp. in proposing a farm that would cultivate red abalone and white shrimp on an idle part of the Georgia-Pacific complex in Fort Bragg. Keeton has built aquaculture facilities abroad for other companies.
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