November 22, 2013 |
Mercury levels in women's blood are dropping, and not because they're eating less fish, a new study says. Instead, women appear to be eating smarter and choosing less contaminated varieties of seafood, according to a study released this week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The analysis showed that blood mercury levels in women of childbearing age dropped by about one-third between 2001 and 2010 compared with 1999 and 2000. "There was very little change in the amount of fish consumed and mercury levels in fish tissue did not decline," said Betsy Southerland, director of the Office of Science and Technology in the EPA's water division.
November 18, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Illegal fishing off Africa -- often by ships from wealthy nations like South Korea -- costs the continent millions of dollars a year, with poor West African nations among the hardest hit. Activists and environmental organizations are calling for new measures to prevent illegal fishing, including steps to make vessels -- and tuna fish -- more traceable, at a week-long meeting of the International Commission for the...
November 11, 2013 |
Like a beached marine animal, "Big Fish" has flopped on Broadway. The musical, which is based on the 2003 Tim Burton movie of the same name, is set to close at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York on Dec. 29 after 98 regular performances, producers announced on Sunday. "Big Fish" opened with high hopes on Oct. 6, carrying a reported price tag of $14 million. The production stars Broadway veteran Norbert Leo Butz (in the role originated in the movie by Ewan McGregor), and was directed and choreographed by multiple Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman.
October 31, 2013 |
The documentary "Not Yet Begun to Fight" follows war veterans on the mend from different physical and psychological traumas as they take up fly fishing. Retired Marine Col. Eric Hastings, a Vietnam vet, co-founded the Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation, a Bozeman, Mont., retreat that provides a six-day recreational program that supplements the rehabilitation regimens for wounded service personnel. Along for the ride are Marine Capt. Blake Smith, who survived a helicopter collision that left him paraplegic; retired Navy SEAL Elliott Miller, who was shot and lost his ability to speak; Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Hupp, wrestling with post-traumatic stress disorder; Marine Cpl. Erik Goodge, who lost his right eye in a blast; and Army Sgt. Erin Schaefer, also paraplegic.
October 30, 2013 |
It's still early, but Wyoming's marquee Liz Cheney-Mike Enzi U.S. Senate race has already had no end of entertaining, if most likely irrelevant, side events. First came a squabble over an autographed football , an episode that underscored how very intimate and personal politics are in Wyoming, a state with fewer than 600,000 far-flung residents. That dust-up provides a bit of context, but no more gravitas, to the latest controversy (a word used advisedly) over whether, precisely, Enzi can be described as a “fishing buddy” of former Vice President Dick Cheney, father of the insurgent challenger.
October 27, 2013 |
Mendocino gets most of the ink when the virtues of quaint, oceanside Northern California villages are written up, but Fort Bragg, its more working-class neighbor to the north, is no slouch when it comes to charms. My sweetheart and I spent a few days here last winter and could have filled a few guidebook chapters with all the good goings-on. Tallied up, we spent about $650, which included $340 for two nights at the North Cliff Hotel, just listed on TripAdvisor as a 2013 Travelers' Choice for Romance.
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October 12, 2013 |
Environmentalists lauded Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday for his decision the day before to sign a bill that will prohibit commercial trapping of bobcats in California in areas adjacent to national and state parks, national monuments or wildlife refuges in which trapping is currently prohibited. Assemblyman Richard H. Bloom (D-Santa-Monica) introduced the measure after a group of residents near Joshua Tree National Park complained about trappers killing bobcats just outside the park boundaries.
September 30, 2013 |
You'd think after umpteen seasons of “The Amazing Race” that the teams would know by now to read the whole clue. Not reading the whole clue can cost you not just the coveted position of first place, but the entire race. But those who don't remember the past are doomed to repeat it, as we saw on the premiere episode of “TAR's” 23rd(!) season. The 11 attractive, energetic, highly marketable teams of two started out on equal footing, riding in on stagecoaches in the midst of an old-fashioned shootout on a Wild West soundstage somewhere in Southern California (wha?
September 25, 2013 |
Scientists say they have discovered a fossil of the oldest known vertebrate animal with a jaw -- a strange chimera of a fish that could unseat the shark as a representative of extremely "primitive" jawed fishes and turn our evolutionary understanding of humans' ocean-dwelling ancestors on its head. The new fossil described in the journal Nature, called Entelognathus primordialis , is a 419-million-year-old armored fish from the end of the Silurian period, right before the start of the Devonian, known as the Age of Fishes for their remarkable diversity during that period.
September 24, 2013 |
BONNEVILLE DAM, Wash. - The tiny fish-counting station, with its window onto the Columbia River, was darkened so the migrating salmon would not be spooked. And it was silent - until the shimmering bodies began to flicker by. Then the room erupted with loud clicks, as Janet Dalen's fingers flew across her stumpy keyboard. Tallying the darting specimens, she chanted and chortled, her voice a cross between fish whisperer and aquatic auctioneer. Her body swayed from left to right. Her tightly curled bangs never moved.