Carnival of the Blue #19

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Its that time again!  I’m tremendously excited to play host to the Carnival of the Blue this December.  Last month, Deep Sea News hosted COTB #18 and wondered if future editions would feature how we might “better manage our tasty ocean food-stock”.  Incredibly enough it appears that many ocean bloggers, including myself, had seafood on the brain this past month.  Without further delay, here’s the December roundup!

As a community, we may have been encouraged to redirect our thoughts about seafood in our culture with the arrival of the new Sustainable Sushi guide in late October from the good folks at Monterey Bay.  I even attended a Sushi Party near the tail of the month to celebrate the release of the guide!  Jason at Cephalopodcast took a different approach, and waved sayonora to seafood with Thanks for All the Delish.  I agree that the guides can be overwhelming but I hope that the public will use them to flex their spending power to encourage restaurants to serve up only sustainable seafood.  

Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted) reviewed Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood which elegantly dives into the history and practices of a few US fisheries such as oyster farming in the Chesapeake Bay.  (Even the New York Times released an article where Mark Bittman ponders the future of fish.) 

The focus wasn’t just on shifting our consumption patterns either.  Sea Notes attended the American Cetacean Society meeting early in November but had time to note the ICCAT’s “blatant disregard” for fisheries research in A Tuna Disaster.  On the other end of the spectrum, Blogfish highlighted the good effects of proper resource management with Yes We Can Restore Coho Salmon.  Of course, we cannot forget the impact of mismanaged fisheries on regional communities – the human impact on humans, or more simply the price we pay for degrading our resources. 

In fact Deep Sea News considered the aftershocks of declining fisheries with Disgruntled Fishermen Among Somali Pirates and noted that the Somali Pirates [are] Wielding an Ecological Weapon, a disturbing thought which I absolutely had not entertained! 

All the seafood recommendations rely on solid research which often relies on mark and recapture studies using tags, bands, or other markers to identify subjects for population analysis.  Curiously, in the last month we’ve been focused on identifying features for animals other than commerically valuable fish.  PLOS One released an intriguing study from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI was everywhere this month!) on Wonderpus octopus covered by Not Exactly Rocket Science’s How to Tell Wonderpus Joe From Wonderpus Bob10,000 Birds, experts in field marks, had an enlightening discussion about aging younger birds while Looking At Surf Scoters. Even I wondered if the endangered vaquita sighted by WhaleTrackers could be photoidentified for future study based on the dorsal fin shapes.

Conserving life in the oceans is always a major theme in ocean blogging, but new releases from the Census of Marine Life (COML) this past month highlighted how much more we still have to discover and provided all new reasons to continue to promote awareness for marine conservation.  One of my favorite videos was highlighted by Daily Kos’s Marine Life Series: Short-Spined Brittle Stars that features a COML video of a “brittle star city” from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.  Oceana reviewed the new releases with a great post: 4 Cool Findings from the Census.

Deep water habitats like the ridge are probably far chillier than the sixty-degree water I’ve been braving lately in the name of environmental education on the Indian River Lagoon, but I’m heartened to know that I’m not the only one splashing in saltwater in November.  Mark Powell found time at Swim Around Bainbridge to don a dry suit, and then a wetsuit, while exploring More [of] Rockaway Beach. 

Perhaps next month we’ll be talking hypothermia symptoms if our saltwater popsicle antics continue.  Then again, I predict a preponderance of green holiday and marine themed gifting posts intermixed with the usual incredible new science, discoveries, advances and fallbacks in the name of ocean conservation.

Thanks for joining us at WaterNotes for COTB #19 and don’t forget to send in your submissions for January, when The Biomes Blog hosts Carnival of the Blue


5 Responses to “Carnival of the Blue #19”

  1. What a great round up! Thanks for including us.

  2. Thanks for this great cavalcade of compositions. Glad to see the Carnival stop by one of my favorite blogs.