September 28, 2004
Re "One Rhino Burger, Please, Bloody Rare" [Sept. 21], about fishing for thresher sharks: Most fish caught by kayak fishermen are released. Those kept are eaten. Sportsmen take chances on the water and in the woods and some of us do die inhumanely at the paws and teeth of God's creatures. My freezer is full of fish and meat that I have taken as well as fruit and vegetables I have grown. Mr. Kirwan can bravely stroll the aisles of his favorite supermarket for processed food, gray fish, and waxed fruit and vegetables.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2011 |
Southern California researchers found plastic in nearly 1 in 10 small fish collected in the Pacific Ocean in the latest study to call attention to floating marine debris entering the food chain. The study published this week by scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego estimated that fish in the middle depths of the northern Pacific Ocean are ingesting as much as 24,000 tons of plastic each year. Although the research found a lower percentage of plastic-fouled fish than previous studies, it is the latest to quantify how many fish are eating marine garbage — most of it confetti-sized flecks of discarded plastic — that has accumulated in vast, slow-moving ocean currents known as gyres.
April 6, 2013 |
SEATTLE - Since a tsunami struck Japan more than two years ago, a variety of debris has washed up on U.S. beaches - including large boat docks and a soccer ball, found in Washington state's Olympic National Park, from the Otsuchi Soccer Club. That all got trumped recently with the discovery of six live fish, stowed away in a water-filled bait box aboard a 20-foot Japanese boat that washed up on the Long Beach Peninsula in southwestern Washington. Researchers had already seen live crabs, sea stars and algae clinging to parts of the estimated 1.5 million tons of debris unleashed by the March 2011 tsunami, but they had never encountered live fish that drifted on their own from Asia, said John Chapman, who specializes in aquatic biological invasions at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center.
November 4, 2003 |
The loss of insects and riparian habitat surrounding the region's lakes and streams could affect fish populations for the next two to four years, fisheries biologists said Monday. Where the fires consumed vegetation anchoring banks, soil erosion will occur, clouding the water and potentially suffocating fish. Ash and soil that settle on gravel beds where fish lay eggs may also temporarily disrupt the reproductive cycle.
March 14, 1993
Regarding Charles Perry's review of Andreas ("No-Miss Swiss," Feb. 7): Pistou does not mean fish but rather a basil sauce. It's the French version of the Italian pesto. Shame on you, Mr. Perry, though I will continue reading your reviews. W. A. WALLMAN Newport Beach
November 9, 2012 |
Coral under attack from toxic seaweed can actually call for help, recruiting fishy bodyguards to fend off an attacker within minutes, a pair of scientists has found. When poison-producing algae make contact with coral, the coral can send out a chemical signal that alerts goby fish to come and eat away at the weed, according to a paper released Thursday by the journal Science. The platoon of gobies provides a last line of defense against toxic seaweed. The seaweed emits harmful chemicals that damage the coral, which it competes with for resources.
July 8, 2005
Re "Planting a Seed of Self-Sufficiency," July 5: It's been said that if you give a man a fish, you'll feed him for a day; if you teach a man how to fish, you'll feed him for a lifetime. I hope the Group of 8, in its discussions of how billions will be spent in Africa, will also choose to support those who can teach the people to become self-sufficient. Wendy D. Henderson Chatsworth
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2008 |
A power company has agreed to alter operations at a hydroelectric dam at the mouth of the Klamath River to help endangered fish. Two species of suckerfish have been at the center of a drawn-out water war that pitted environmentalists against farmers in the Klamath Basin, a fertile agricultural region straddling the Oregon-California border. Portland-based PacifiCorp reached a settlement with the environmental group Oregon Wild to shut down power production in the late summer and early fall at the Link River Dam at times when the endangered fish begin congregating nearby in Upper Klamath Lake.
April 17, 1999 |
Nikita, the Caspian Sea sturgeon that was a symbol of good relations between Norway and the Soviet Union, died at the Bergen Aquarium after a worker mistakenly put salt water in its tank. The long and elegant Nikita was 38 years old, but could have lived happily for more than a century. A gift from former Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev, it arrived in 1964, the only one of four that survived the trip, the Oslo newspaper Dagsavisen reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2008 |
Game wardens on Friday arrested nine people for allegedly poaching sturgeon and chinook salmon from the Sacramento River and the delta. Wardens made the arrests after raiding seven homes in Sacramento. They said the suspects illegally netted young, fall-run chinook salmon to use as bait for sturgeons. The sturgeons' eggs were sold illegally as caviar on the black market. The populations of salmon and sturgeon have dropped in the last few years.