July 10, 2015 |
When mating prospects are grim, certain females in Jersey Shore waters appear to have developed a clever strategy: changing sex. That is what Rutgers University scientists think is happening with black sea bass, apparently in response to declining numbers of males. The ability to take a swim on the wild side has been shown previously in lab studies, both in black sea bass and a few other marine species. Now the Rutgers team has shown it happens in the ocean. With the help of Jersey Shore boat captains, the researchers have been tagging, recapturing, and studying hundreds of the fish.
July 3, 2015 |
Benny Looper, the Phillies' assistant general manager in charge of player personnel, tells an interesting story from his younger days about a solid major-league player he once scouted but could not sign. Danny Doyle, the late Boston Red Sox scout who signed Roger Clemens, was watching the player in question and listening to Looper talk about his scouting prowess. "Son," Doyle told his fellow Oklahoman, "unless you sign 'em, it don't mean nothing. " Looper recounted that story in the midst of a conversation about how his current team has pursued some of the Cuban defectors who have signed huge big-league contracts in recent years.
July 3, 2015 |
VENTNOR, N.J. - Some days on the fishing pier, all you catch is a breeze, some sunburn and bloodworm guts on your pants. No matter how much you emulate the old-timers, copying their baits and mimicking their little twitches with the rod, sometimes you just haul in seaweed while "Harold the cement guy," "Father Frank" and "Kenny the cop" are killing kingfish left and right. That's why they call it "fishing, not catching," one saying goes. If that one doesn't make a flustered fisherman feel better, the regulars and ringers who can't seem to miss a fish will tell you "a day out fishing always beats a day at work" and that's hard to argue against - unless you're Lou Kanter.
June 28, 2015 |
Erik Lund will do the dirty work of fishing for folks up and down the Jersey Shore. Inspired by his own experience as a lifelong fisherman, Lund, 33, of Cape May, started On the Fly Mobile Fish Cleaning in 2012, with the help of his wife, Rebeka, and two daughters - Mia, 12, and Isabella, 8. He cleans, guts, and fillets fish for customers at the South Jersey Marina in Cape May, where he usually parks his truck. But he can also go to wherever his fishing clientele desires. Last week, Lund discussed his unique business while cutting up a thrasher for a hungry customer.
June 3, 2015 |
When scientists announced their discovery of a prehistoric fishlike creature with muscled fins that looked a bit like legs, the media trumpeted it as a "missing link. " Cartoonists drew images of fish marching onto land. One person who was a bit uneasy amid all the acclaim in 2006 was the codiscoverer of the fossil, Edward B. "Ted" Daeschler of Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences. After years of additional study, however, and multiple return visits to the site of the discovery in the Canadian Arctic, Daeschler has edged closer to all the hype.
May 8, 2015
RICH LANDAU and Kate Jacoby, owners and executive chefs of Vedge, provided this recipe for Gene Baur's new book, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day. Baur writes, "I love this robust 'catch-of-the-day' tomato soup, because here the catch isn't fish, it's wild mushrooms, peas, leeks and fennel. Served with a slice of toasted sourdough bread, this is a compassionate version of a San Francisco classic.
April 22, 2015 |
Hold a dead octopus up to a room full of elementary school students and the reaction is almost certainly a resounding "eww. " Trying to convince the students that the slimy, tentacled creature is, in fact, a healthy source of protein is no easy chore after moans of disgust, but this was the task at hand Monday at Springville Elementary School in Mount Laurel. Students from the K-4 school gathered in Springville's cafeteria to watch as Ian Knox, executive chef at Blair House in Washington, and representatives from Samuels & Son Seafood Co., a national wholesale company founded in Philadelphia, and Whole Foods stressed the importance of healthy eating with cooking demonstrations and prizes.
February 27, 2015 |
Eating fish on Fridays is a longstanding tradition in Catholic households worldwide dating back to the first century of the modern era. Why abstain from meat? Why on Friday? Why during Lent? Meat once was for celebrations and feasting. Early Christians abstained from eating meat on Friday as a kind of sacrifice and reminder that acknowledged the death of Jesus on the cross on Good Friday. This still holds true today in the Catholic Church, but only on Ash Wednesday, and Fridays during Lent.
February 6, 2015
HAVE YOU heard? Science shows that, contrary to popular thinking, fish is not a vegetable. Many so-called vegetarians harbor that fluid dietary ethic. I include my own 15 years as a so-called vegetarian, when I celebrated the occasional birthday or holiday with shrimp or New England clam chowder because, come on, "It's just seafood!" But serious science has established a couple of other facts. One is that ocean drift nets grab a huge amount of "bycatch" - nontargeted animals that die just the same.
January 26, 2015 |
"Let's head back to Montana next summer," said my fly-fishing buddy Tom. We had spent a week the previous summer on the beautiful Madison River, and in nearby Yellowstone Park in Wyoming, with our good friend Jim. While not catching a ton of fish, we had a fly fisherman's dream week. "I'm in. Let me talk to Jim," I responded, with visions of 20-inch trout rising to my dry fly filling my head. Jim said yes immediately, and to make the idea more palatable on the home front, we decided to ask our wives to go along.