Saturday, November 21, 2009

Santa Claus Photo Card

Herzliche Weihnachtsgrüße! Add your own Christmas greeting to personalize this photo card ... as well as replace the image with your own family photo to customize this cute Santa Claus photo greeting card.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Eating Up the Oceans

Jellyfish swarm northward in warming world
By MICHAEL CASEY, AP Environmental Writer Michael Casey, Ap Environmental Writer – Mon Nov 16, 8:37 am ET

Environmental writers...

Scientists know the jellyfish in question in this article is from the Yellow Sea and rode over to Japan on currents. (It's always been my understanding of jellyfish that they have little choice but to follow currents. Their lot in life is to follow the Ocean winds.) The scientists point to several factors that have changed in the Yellow Sea that increased the population of these jellyfish. Another scientists Lorenzo Ciannelli of Oregon State University says: "... clearly jellyfish populations are not merely a function of water temperature." Yet still the writer brings up conclusions that global warming needs to be addressed.

Interestingly... the last paragraph of the article is: Some entrepreneurs, meanwhile, are trying to cash in. One Japanese company is selling giant jellyfish ice cream, and another plans a pickled plum dip with chunks of giant jellyfish. But, though a popular delicacy, jellyfish isn't likely to replace sushi or other fish dishes on Asian menus anytime soon, in view of its time-consuming processing, heavy sodium overload and unappealing image.

It occurs to me that this paragraph hits on the real problem. As the rising populations of Asia eats their way through the oceans, destroying the balance of life that nature designed, Asians and the rest of us may have to change their eating habits.

The history of herring fisheries in Alaska is riddled with statements that support my conclusion...

1878 ~ Commercial herring production in Alaska begins in 1878. A combination of beach seines, gill nets and a form of Norwegian seining produces an initial total catch of 30,000 lbs.


1970s HERRING STOCKS EXPERIENCE THE FIRST COLLAPSE (ADF&G 2007) ~ Herring sac roe production begins in the 1970s to provide for declining herring numbers in Japanese waters. Much of the current herring sac roe harvest in Alaska is destined for these Japanese markets although younger generations are not so keen on this traditional dish. Japanese and Russian ships trawling for herring in the Bering Sea reach 320 million lb (146,000 mt) in 1970 (ADF&G 2007).

Amazingly, the Oregon-based university that complished the timeline (you should read it) added "climate change" as one of the problems herring face on their Website. I suppose it wouldn't be politically correct to blame hungry Japanese. Nor would it be particularly cool to blame the government (ADF&G) for allowing overfishing in the name of economic development (selling fish to Japan). The media surely doesn't want to remind us all in this era of Obamacare what a poor job government does of handling the matters.

It all boils down to it is a good thing younger generations in Japan don't like traditional Japanese foods like herring because they have eaten a hole in Alaska's herring population too. Thirty years later fisheries have failed and herring sanctuaries are under discussion to revitalize the population. I imagine if they don't like jellyfish, they'll have to start eating more methane-producting beef like us fatso Americans.

More cows! Heaven forbid! That would be a global warming nightmare.