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SCIENCE
November 9, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
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.
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NEWS
March 8, 2005 | Emmett Berg
Scientists increasingly rely on new fish-tracking devices to help them recover imperiled species and get rid of nuisance ones. Sonic tags, as small as a lipstick tube and less than a gram planted inside a fish, have been fitted in more species in more conditions to collect more information. The devices help pinpoint movements as fish approach dams and other structures. Researchers tracked a fish that a pelican nabbed in Lake Davis near Portola to Pyramid Lake in Nevada.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2011 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
Southern California researchers have found evidence of ingestion of plastic among small fish in the northern Pacific Ocean in a study that they say shows the troubling effect floating litter is having on marine life in the far reaches of the world's oceans. About 35% of the fish collected on a 2008 research expedition off the West Coast had plastic in their stomachs, according to a study to be presented Friday by Algalita Marine Research Foundation and the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project.
NEWS
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.
NATIONAL
April 6, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
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.
NATIONAL
February 23, 2013 | By Tina Susman
The pipe-wielding man who broke into an exotic pet store, emptied the cash register and smashed some aquariums probably thought he left no witnesses. But he wasn't counting on Big Blue, a -- you guessed it -- big, blue tropical fish which survived six hours without water after the attacker fled. On Saturday, three days after the incident at Animal Instincts Aquarium and Pet Center in Fall River, Mass., Big Blue was back in a suitably large tank, and the reward money raised by locals to find his would-be killer had grown to $800.
NEWS
November 4, 2003 | Pete Thomas
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.
MAGAZINE
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
OPINION
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
FOOD
August 11, 2012
Halibut is notoriously difficult to grill due to its low fat content. The brining process helps solve that problem, but there are a few more tricks as well. First, don't overcook it. Halibut is best when cooked to a low internal temperature. It will readily flake at only 118 degrees, the equivalent of a rare steak. Also, before grilling, brush a super-fine veil of homemade, or if you must, store-bought mayonnaise on both sides of the fish. This will help keep it from sticking to the grill.
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