July 28, 2009
I say this somewhat "tongue-in-cheek" but my immediate reaction - elation - then I realized they were only talking about him staying retired. I thought we had another Michael Jacksonesque celebrity death on our hands... I could not even begin to comprehend what the ESPN TV coverage would have been like. Chris Berman would have been rolled out of mothballs for this one.
July 27, 2009
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July 25, 2009
July 22, 2009
OSU Research Finds Trout are Better Models for Cancer Research than Mice by Chris Spitzer, The Oregonian
Monday July 20, 2009, 8:20 PM
A rainbow trout can inspire and inform. It can lead a young fisherman to a life-long career studying human health. It can reveal the risks of carcinogens, and help develop treatments to prevent cancer. It can become the centerpiece of a world-class research facility that may reshape how government agencies regulate environmental toxins.
George Bailey knows all this and has plenty of fish stories. As a professor, he spent three decades studying disease with trout in his aquatic laboratory at Oregon State University.
From outside, the building sits on a dusty lot just outside of Corvallis and doesn't look like much. Walk inside, and you'll find a bustling laboratory. The air is cool and the fishy smell is surprisingly slight. Eggs and fry swirl in large glass cylinders off to one side. Once they're big enough, the fish will graduate to the hundred gallon tanks that pack the huge central room, which covers a third of an acre. There is constant activity as the dozen staff members prepare cheesy fish food and systematically check the tanks.
"What we have here is the only facility of its kind anywhere in the world," says Bailey, 68. "Completely unique."
He officially retired six years ago, but continued to work at half pay to complete the capstone of his career, the most accurate study of the chemical DBP, an environmental carcinogen. The results, published in May, were surprising.
"It was known to be a powerful agent," Bailey says, "but there wasn't much information."
By using trout, Bailey measured risk of DBP at low exposures, and found reducing exposure by half meant less than half as much cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency calculates a proportionate risk level from high exposure data. In essence, the EPA guesses conservatively to compensate for lack of data.
But Bailey's fish gave him low exposure data so he could pinpoint the risk. And for DBP, Bailey found that the EPA would overestimate the cancer risk by a factor of 1,000.
Read the entire article from The Oregonian here:
July 21, 2009
Wait a second: We swim in the Gulf with creatures like this? Hmmmm
Posted by Jeff Dute, Outdoors Editor July 20, 2009 5:55 PM
DAUPHIN ISLAND -- It was odd-fellows day at the scales at the 77th Alabama Deep Sea fishing Rodeo on Saturday and people still can't stop talking about the catches.
Sure, there are plenty of mutant-type fish weighed in the "regular" categories. I mean, you just don't see every day a 64-pound king mackerel or 120-pound amberjack like those brought Friday. Fish like these rightfully create an electric buzz around the scale.
You also don't often see Dr. Bob Shipp, dean of marine sciences at the University of South Alabama, who's been a rodeo judge since 1980, leave the weigh station to photograph a fish. He did that twice to snap shots of Joey Lapeyrouse's huge king mackerel.
But if you really want to see Shipp's eyes light up, lay something in front of him like a long-tail bass or lesser electric eel or something with a name like cubbuyu or guaguanche. Just the names cubbuyu and guaguanche are so out of the norm, the things bearing them just beg to be poked and prodded, "oohed" and "awed" over, and photographed and photographed. The names make the spell-check on my computer do a double-take, too.
While the cubbuyu, a relative of the barracuda, is pretty cool to look at, it can't hold a candle to the king snake eel, at least in terms of enticing an audible gasp from any spectator lucky enough to see it.
That happened late Saturday when Jim Waller's 6-foot king snake eel was hoisted from the dock cart so it could be photographed repeatedly. Throw in the moment later when Bryan Dean's conger eel was pulled from the same cart, and you have the makings of some pretty awesome looks on the faces in the crowd.
I even saw one small boy ease closer to his mom when those two evil-looking creatures were pulled out. It almost made you want to hug the kid.
(The comments section is quite lively!)
July 20, 2009
When we got there, we got Lilly the unlimited ride wristband, so she was good to go from the start. Lilly, being the "big girl" she is, wanted to go on all the rides by herself, so I let her. I had no worries about her going on the Merry Go Round, Fun House, or even the mini Roller Coaster, but I'll admit I was a little apprehensive about her going up all those steps to the top of the "Super Slide." But you know what? She did it - all by herself. Watching your daughter smile as wide as she can, well a prouder Daddy there could not have been.
July 19, 2009
So assuming the state gets some cut of this action, this is great news, right? Well, not exactly...as there are some pretty significant environmental side-effects to this drilling. First off, it requires quite a bit of water to make it go. And where does this water come from? Right out of local streams & rivers. Also, the development of the infrastructure to make the drilling possible will create a significant amount of additional run-off, meaning higher temperatures and (potentially) more toxins in the water. Neither would be things good for coldwater fish, such as trout.
Realistically, no matter what concerned anglers do, the corporations will likely win out. When you're talking about a trillion dollars up for grabs, I they'll undoubtedly be fighting pretty hard for this. What that means for the future of (wild) PA trout...to be determined.
More information found here:
PA Estimates (Pocono Record)
Impact (Schenectady Daily Gazette)
July 15, 2009
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July 13, 2009
July 12, 2009
Here's some recent ones of Lilly being Lilly:
July 10, 2009
Excerpt from July 9th LA Times' Outposts Section:
Fish and Game Q&A: Can I mail trout to someone out of state? Can he send me venison?
Question: I was wondering about the laws on mailing fish. A friend of mine took me to Eagle Lake a few years ago, and to return the favor I always bring him some fish on the way home. He is going to be moving to Kansas and I want to send him some of the prized fish. Is it legal to ship them through the mail? I know I can get live lobsters from Maine, but they are a commercial product. My friend also wants to try to send me some venison but we're not sure of the laws there either. Thank you for your help. (Steve)
Answer: Unfortunately, it is not legal to ship trout outside of California (FGC Section 2356.) You also cannot personally transport them to another state, unless you have a nonresident angling license or are on active military duty (in which case you may personally transport no more than one limit of trout across state lines).
As far as venison mailed across state lines, as long as the animal was taken legally in the state of origin, it can be shipped to a recipient in California for their personal use, provided the shipper complies with the following procedures:
According to Captain (ret.) Phil Nelms, both California (FGC Section 2348) and United States (Lacey Act) laws require that packages containing wildlife and being shipped by common carrier "... shall bear the name and address of the shipper and of the consignee and an accurate description of the numbers and kinds of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, or amphibians contained therein clearly and conspicuously marked on the outside thereof." In addition, a declaration form must be filed when importing fish, game, etc. (FGC 2353.) This form is available online at www.dfg.ca.gov/enforcement/docs/declaration_form.pdf.
Though it's not a requirement, it would be a good idea for your friend to include with his venison shipment a copy of his valid hunting license and tags for the deer, along with all information regarding where and when the animal was taken.
Read the entire LA Times article here:
July 9, 2009
By JEFF BARNARD - AP Environmental Writer
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to take a new look at how much habitat needs to be protected for the bull trout - in the latest Obama administration rollback of Bush administration reductions in the Endangered Species Act protections for fish and wildlife.
Based on the decision, a federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by environmental groups challenging cuts to critical habitat designation for the threatened fish. Bull trout numbers have dwindled due to logging, mining, grazing and dams.
Judge Robert Jones in Portland, Ore., cited an inspector general's report that the bull trout was one of 13 species whose protection was jeopardized by influence exerted by Bush administration appointee Julie MacDonald in the Department of Interior.
The ruling noted that the inspector general's report had found "illogical" policy choices under MacDonald, and that many Fish and Wildlife staff believed that as a result the bull trout critical habitat rule was not based on science.
"I hope this brings the end of corruption of the critical habitat process under Julie MacDonald, and I hope the Obama administration will do it based on science instead of politics," said Michael Garrity of Alliance for the Wild Rockies, a plaintiff in the case.
Read the entire Seattle Times article here:
July 8, 2009
Battenkill Bar Stock reel.
July 4, 2009
The title of this clip from National Geographic says "Giant Trout," but it's actually a Mongolian Taimen, which I guess is a bit of a distant cousin of a salmon...but with a bigger appetite. About 1:35 into this clip one of the anglers mentions that they've been known to eat small dogs. Nice. Let's get some of these stocked in Stony Creek, right?
O-oh Here She Comes...She's A Dog-Eater!
July 3, 2009
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July 2, 2009
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