Fish

Nick, stop being a dick

Nick Smith is getting all pus-faced and threatening legal action.

It shows he has been got at…and very unbecoming of a minister to resort to throwing around threats of legal action.

You either sue or don’t sue, you don’t whine about thinking about suing.

Conservation Minister Nick Smith has rejected allegations of political interference, after he was accused of “bullying” Fish and Game into pulling an advocacy campaign for cleaning up rivers and lakes.

Smith said he was considering legal action against Association of Freshwater Anglers president David Haynes, who made the allegations.

Haynes said Smith was highly critical of Fish and Game over the course of a Fish and Game Council meeting, held in Wellington this month.

“Nick Smith is very good at talking at and over people I think, and he was wading into them and they sat very quietly and listened to what he was saying,” Haynes told Morning Report.

“From my perspective they were very clearly being castigated, it could be construed as political interference – this was about telling Fish and Game to wind their neck in.”

The allegations were centred on a series of billboards, which called for greater protections to keep rivers and lakes clean.

Fish and Game is an independent organisation, which collects its funding through fees for fishing and hunting licenses.

It has statutory obligations to oversee fish and game management and ensure effective management of the country’s sports fish and game resources.

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Clever bird

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Fish thinks it is a cat

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This is how you win the Employee of the Week award

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Creatures of the deep

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That’ll learn them for trying to take the Falklands back

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 »

What next? Farmers not allowed to eat meat?

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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 »

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Slapping Warmists with tiny wet fish

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 was the ocean like, 100 years ago?

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Well that was unexpected…..

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