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And Still More Trouble for Tuna

Andrew Revkin has the disheartening news from the ICCAT meetings this week with insights from Carl Safina. Surprise, surprise. Tuna are still in trouble as ICCAT continues to set a quota much higher than what scientists recommend. Here is Safina’s take on it all: What’s really needed is a moratorium for bluefin, and I first…

Food is the name of the game this week (well, food, and trampling store employees on Black Friday). And friend and fellow Ph.D. student here at UBC, Jeremy Goldbogen (photographed with a minke whale jaw bone), has some new research out this week on the feeding habits of humpback whales and it dons the cover…

R.O.: This Whines for You

Randy Olson travels a lot these days, and frequently calls me from airports to whine about how much he hates to travel. Randy, this clip of stand up comedian Louis CK talking about how times have changed is for you (with thanks to Dale of Faith in Honest Doubt for titling this piece with the…

Shifting Cinema?

A.O. Scott had a nice piece in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine on The Screening of America. In spite of all the technological advances, he believes the cinema is far from finished: What will happen, in the age of iPod, DVR, VOD, YouTube and BitTorrent, to the experience of moviegoing, to say nothing of…

A Gelatinous Gift Idea

Christmas is around the bend and the oceans have one gift that keeps on giving: jellyfish. If you’re inspired by these ever-increasing medusas (they seem to be on the rise even on land) and you already have the jellyfish moodlamp like me (thanks, sister), here is a relevant gift idea: jellyfish glass.

In his New York Times article, A Seafood Snob Ponders the Future of Fish, Mark Bittman laments the bygone days of “fishermen unloading boxes of flounder at the funky Fulton Fish Market” and seems annoyed at the fact most most fish on the menus these days are farmed. He should be. For one, the fishmeal…

I really like plaid. But I am not a hipster. I wish I were because then I would have more photographs of myself and would ride a nice bicycle. I think it is a partial combination of growing up in the Midwest and my love for higher education that has rendered me a mere observer…

You know I appreciate a lot of the work Greenpeace does in the seafood market (for instance, chiding retailers and sabotaging seafood expos). This week, they’ve done it again. Greenpeace erected ‘crime scenes’ at 8 Loblaw grocery stores in Toronto with the message “caught red-handed selling Redlist fish.” The following day, according to Intrafish news…

Shifting Seas

My local paper, The Vancouver Sun, ran a great 5-part series on the oceans this week written by Larry Pynn titled Shifting Seas. Part One gives an overview of fishing (both past and present) on the British Columbia coast. Part Two is all about the B.C. trawl fishery and their movement to buy and sell…