An editorial feature from our February 2013 issue
When big marlin jump, they often seem to claim some supernatural hang time, almost as if creating their own slo-mo. But the smaller bodies of inshore fish move much faster.
With no small amount of ballyhoo (in the sense of a half-baked clamor, not a half-beaked baitfish), NOAA Fisheries has released its new report, Fisheries Economics of the United States 2011. Commercial interests took comfort in big-dollar sums showing how vital their industry is. But of course, especially when it comes to statistics, there’s more to the story.
It’s no secret that longline fishing is one of the most indiscriminate killers among fishing gear types of all sorts of sea life, with thousands of untended hooks per line killing countless billfish, large sharks, sea turtles and sea birds. Many nations have outlawed or least reduced this scourge in their waters.
Insurrection boils over as feds announce 9-day red snapper season
Watch as some go-fast enthusiasts in their 35 Donzi try to punch over a 20-plus-foot near-breaking wall of water off San Francisco and go airborne!
Just about the last thing Capt. Jimmy David of L&H Sportfishing ever expected to see when running back into Key Biscayne, south of Miami, in about 15 feet of clear water, were a half-dozen giant bluefin tuna.
Only after a two-hour battle did astonished crew and anglers realize what they’d hooked.
Say it ain’t so, Joe. Are fearsome great white sharks indeed the most awesome, highest apex predators in the oceans or are they just the biggest buzzards of the sea? Seems like the answer is both. A new study has documented scavenging behavior of swarms of great white sharks feasting on whale carcasses off South Africa.