April 14, 2002 |
Cindy Fernandez assumed that the Atlantic salmon she bought at her neighborhood supermarket came from fishing boats off the East Coast. She was surprised to learn it was farmed, grown in pens off the Chilean and Canadian coastlines. The word "farmed" never appeared on signs or labels with the farm-raised salmon, trout, catfish and shrimp at the grocery. "I would never have known," she said.
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September 29, 2001 |
Ivar Southern's infatuation with the sea began as a toddler, when he watched his father tending lobster traps off Newport Beach. This week, he resumes his role in what has become a three-decade family legacy of lobster fishing off the Orange County coast. Southern loaded his boat Friday with traps near the Balboa Pavilion. By Wednesday, the start of the commercial lobster season, Southern will have scattered 280 traps along rocky outcroppings between Dana Point and Huntington Beach.
August 3, 1997 |
The seas around this northeastern fishing port have been swept almost clean. Gone are the yellow croakers and cuttlefish. Even the usually plentiful sardines are in danger. Inside Zhang Rihuan's nets, however, gleams a shimmering harvest of sea bass. For Zhang, like many others in Yantai, is farming his fish.
January 11, 1998 |
There was a time when all Boston Harbor seemed able to produce was stink and slime. Now they want to raise fish there. In the first such urban aquaculture project in the nation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists are raising a tasty type of fish called red drum in a tiny trailer on an old Navy pier, using untreated harbor water--so far, with no ill effects.
December 29, 1991 |
A decade ago, this historic port, the easternmost city in the United States, was a picture of desolation. One Maine tour guide said it had "a haunting, end-of-the-world feel." Most storefronts downtown were boarded up, and a Maine humorist joked that Eastport's biggest event was its empty-building festival. The once-thriving sardine industry was virtually dead, its canneries crumbling. Eastport's largest employer had laid off 175 workers, and panic set in.
July 1, 2000 |
Jim Bradley emerges from a humid warehouse, escaping the unmistakable scent of fish and welcoming an early spring breeze. The son of a son of a farmer turns to a dilapidated barn, remnants of the family hog farming operation. "That," he said, "is our house of broken dreams." Behind him, the new warehouse is gurgling, its giant water tanks nurturing the fish that are now his livelihood. "Water farming," he said, shaking his head. "Who would have thought?"
November 4, 2013 |
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.
July 21, 2011 |
Scrawled on the white board hung behind the bar at Noshi Sushi in Los Angeles, the word " otoro " (fatty tuna) beckons seafood lovers. For the connoisseur, this is the main attraction, the filet mignon of sushi. Atop a small mound of rice, a heavily marbled slice of fish sits precariously — so oily that it's on the verge of falling apart. With one bite, the exquisite cut of bluefin will melt into oblivion. Bluefin tuna may not be a household name, but its taste and texture are famous — and increasingly infamous — among sushi aficionados across the world.
July 20, 2013 |
Paiche are enormous. Paiche have teeth on their tongues. Paiche, living fossils barely evolved since the Miocene epoch, have lungs and breathe air, which is pretty unusual for fish. Paiche are also easy to catch, a problem even in the sparsely populated Upper Amazon, where, despite laws against commercial fishing, they are becoming rare. If your experience with paiche, also called pirarucu, comes mostly from the Discovery Channel, you may be surprised to learn of the existence of the local restaurant named Paiche, where customers may be observed consuming paiche tiradito , paiche tucked into lettuce leaves, grilled paiche ribs glazed with chile and sweet miso and paiche stewed in a spicy sauce.
February 21, 1997 |
I was introduced to Todd Chesser a year ago, an hour before sunup at a Baja California toll gate on Mexico 1 near Ensenada. He and a few fellow surfers had rendezvoused there before catching a boat to Todos Santos Island, Baja California's answer to Oahu's infamous North Shore. Chesser had taken a redeye from Hawaii, arriving at 3 a.m.