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Archived Since:April 27, 2010

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The jellyfish are coming

8 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Blogfish

Kiss your salmon goodbye.  Jellyfish are now 86% of the life in Puget Sound, a sign of things gone badly wrong.  Nutrient soup from your poop, Noctiluca blooms (red-orange streaks in the water) and the fish start disappearing. Note:Show More Summary

Puget Sound in trouble?

8 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Blogfish

I just saw a very scary presentation.  Scary, that is, for oceanography wonks. It looks like Puget Sound is changing in ways that people won't like.  Fewer fish, lower oxygen, more jellyfish.  Thanks to nutrients from sewage treatment...Show More Summary

Ocean fertilization experiment reviewed

8 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Blogfish

Remember the rogue scientists who sprinkled iron in the Pacific Ocean off Canada?  Did it work? Andy Revkin reviews the evidence and comments on the significance of the results.  The iron made a plankton bloom, but the experiment was too small to be significant beyond that. Show More Summary

Zombie orcas in Washington

9 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Blogfish

Seattle's orcas are poisoned by PCBs and other toxic chemicals, and they're among the most toxic marine mammals in the world.  Here in "nice" Seattle, we're not-so-nice to our neighbors, dumping PCBs and other toxic chemicals into their home. Show More Summary

Another Commission calls for ocean conservation

9 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Blogfish

Ho-hum, forgive me for being bored.  Another August Panel has said our oceans need conservation action.  But this one is different, this one will really matter. Actually, I'm not this cynical.  But I might be. Here's the news: The Global...Show More Summary

Barnacle that eats sharks

9 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Blogfish

Parasites stir mixed emotions, they're biologically interesting but often gruesome.  This one eats sharks, but only a little bit at a time. Here's an unusual parasitic barnacle that attaches to sharks and makes a living using an unusual...Show More Summary

US Congress passes oceans health bill!

9 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Blogfish

Believe it or not, the US Congress acted in a bipartisan fashion to solve a problem.  The Harmful Algal Blooms bill passed, with bipartisan support.  President Obama is expected to sign the bill.  The bill bolsters algae bloom research...Show More Summary

Underwater fireworks

9 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Blogfish

Amazing video of schools of fish showing off their ability to move as a group.

Feeding the world with aquaculture

10 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Blogfish

Aquaculture explained as a modern food source.  This is a mostly fair and balanced article, although a bit biased in favor of western perspectives.  Asia leads the world and Asian innovations are mentioned mostly in passing.   The world can benefit from aquaculture and this article will help get the word out about what's possible.  

Drunk fish turn into leaders

10 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Blogfish

Remember following bold (drunk) friends when you were in college?  Now we know it wasn't your fault, the same thing happens to fish so it's probably hard-wired into your brain. A new study found that drunk fish swam faster and more erratically, and sober fish followed them. Show More Summary

Scary trout that eat big things

10 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Blogfish

You probably don't think trout are scary, but if you were just a bit smaller, had fur, and frequented Silver Creek in Southern Idaho you'd be worried.  Here's a great fish story that turned out to be true, huge brown trout that eat mammals--montane voles to be precise.

My (mostly) excellent train ride

10 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Blogfish

For a short family holiday, I rode Amtrak from Seattle to Portland and back the weekend of May 10-11.  As we were leaving Seattle, I pointed out a very long oil train to my 9 year old son, and told him about recent accidents elsewhere. ...Show More Summary

Catfish that catch birds on the beach

10 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Blogfish

Called freshwater killer whales, huge catfish have learned to catch and eat birds.  In southwestern France, pigeons bathing on beaches are in for a nasty surprise.  Big catfish lurking just offshore, waiting for a bird to go just a bit...Show More Summary

Maggot meal-turning compost into fish

10 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Blogfish

A great solution to food waste, here's how to turn compost into excellent food for farmed fish.  The trick is maggots, feeding the compost to fly larvae and then feeding the maggots to fish.  May not sound yummy, but insects are a natural food source for many freshwater fish.

Copper River salmon frenzy

10 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Blogfish

What an amazing fish party, Copper River sockeye salmon were on sale in my local market on Friday at $34.99 per pound.  The next display was wild troll-caught Chinook on special at $14.99 per pound.  Wild chinook for less than half the price of Copper River sockeye?  Wow. Show More Summary

Restoration can't overcome loss of natural shoreline habitats

10 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Blogfish

“My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.”? Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland Shoreline restoration in Puget Sound is failing to keep up with our ongoing development of shorelines. Show More Summary

Is your Copper River salmon really wild?

10 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Blogfish

It's Copper River salmon time again, and everyone here in Seattle is looking forward to some lovely fresh salmon.  I'll be waiting a couple of weeks until prices come down, the first shipments tend to be expensive. Is Copper River salmon...Show More Summary

Swimming with huge snakes

10 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Blogfish

My swim around Bainbridge Island was an adventure, but here's a whole new twist--swimming with huge scary snakes. Scientists say that anacondas don't eat people, but I'm not sure that the deepest part of my brain would be satisfied with...Show More Summary

Herring fart to communicate

11 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Blogfish

Tiny bubbles that stream from their anuses in the dark may allow herring to keep in tight schools when they can't see.  Amusing, unlike human farts, herring farts seem to bring the fish closer together. Herring farts are not gut gas, rather they come from air gulped at the surface and stored in their swim bladder (air-containing organ used to control buoyancy).

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