Even fish hate the Argies.
¬†A swarm of biting fish has attacked swimmers at a popular beach in Argentina, injuring more than 70.
A 7-year-old girl had her finger partially amputated and dozens more suffered bite wounds on their extremities from the fish, a relative of the piranha called “palometas,” said Federico Cornier, the director of emergency services in the city of Rosario.¬† Read more »
Just when you think the world couldn’t get anymore absurd you get PETA coming out with a wonky jihad against a fish shop.
An animal rights group is calling on New Zealand’s National Aquarium to stop the “barbaric” act of serving fish at its cafe.
PETA is urging the Napier aquarium, and others around Australasia, to take fish dishes off the menu.
Spokesman Jason Barker says serving fish at an aquarium is like serving “poodle burgers” at a dog show.
The Napier aquarium’s manager received a letter from PETA calling the act immoral when the aquarium is meant to educate people about the importance of fish species.
PETA spokeswoman Claire Fryer says studies have proven fish are more intelligent than people give them credit for, and don’t deserve such cruelty.¬† Read more »
The New Scientist reports that sardine stocks are depleted..not because of global warming, but because the oceans have cooled.
Western Canada’s sardine fleet returned with no fish this month. The loss of the fishery, normally worth CAN$32 million (US$30.7 million), took many by surprise. Yet researchers warned last year that it could happen.
There are still sardines off the US Pacific coast. But the vanishing of the Canadian fish is part of a process that could mean they all disappear for decades, says Juan Zwolinski of the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Pacific sardine populations¬†fluctuate with water temperature. Colder water means fewer fish. Temperatures last fell in the 1940s, but heavy fishing continued, devastating the stock and ending fishing until sardines returned when waters warmed in the 1980s.
“We think this is set to happen again,” says Zwolinski, who tracked the population over the past century. He found that sardines have reproduced less since waters cooled in the 1990s. Almost all eggs now come from fish born a decade ago, which are nearly gone.
What’s more, acoustic results show that the fish have become smaller over the past decade, partly because of chillier water. This is a problem: the fattest sardines migrate farthest north, so the shrinking fish could help explain Canada’s shortage. Smaller fish also reproduce less. ¬† Read more »
What a loss to teaching, this former principal is putting his education to good use though.
Masterton’s Paul Adamson has been a hunter and angler for as long as he can remember and as a collector of many books on the subject, he realised he couldn’t find a simple beginner’s manual on hunting he could share with his children.
So, he decided he’d write one himself.
Mr Adamson, former principal of Fernridge School, has penned The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand, which will be launched September 8.
He said he was inspired to put the book together after discovering a lack of basic guides for beginner hunters, particularly for young boys.¬† Read more »
As the government looks to cut and run on their silly snapper proposals.
The Government looks set to perform a u-turn on a proposal to cut the snapper limit for recreational fisherman from nine to three.
National MPs have been under pressure from anglers furious about the proposal and Prime Minister John Key said this morning that it was one of the few issues which was consistently raised by the public, no matter where he went in the country.
This morning Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy, who endured a tough time in the house over the issue yesterday, said the proposed reduction from nine to three ”is at the extreme end and the three option is very unlikely to proceed.”
They haven’t nixed the proposal yet so the pressure remains and readers continue to email me about the issue.
There appears to be signs that the Govt may back away from any reduction in the bag limit for Snapper.¬† Good.
But even if they do that, and continue to be misled by MPI officials that there is a crisis that needs to be fixed (which there isn’t), then the issue of increasing the minimum size from 27cm remains a major issue.¬† And this has wider political ramifications. In other words, there are more people to piss off by increasing the minimum size than there are in reducing the daily limit.¬† Read more »