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“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, the stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” ― Aldo Leopold
Eat a Lionfish, Save a Reef – markets and menus to the rescue
[Update #2: Promising development. We’ve located a major seafood buyer, Congressional Seafood, that serves over 250 fine dining establishments here in the DC/Baltimore area. A great family business (Stanley Pearlman and his son Jon) that hopefully will soon be putting lionfish on more menus and, in so doing, help conserve our oceans. We will advertise on this blog those local DC restaurants that begin to serve lionfish.]
[Update #1: Calling all capitalists and entrepreneurs. If you are in the business of seafood buying/brokering, or know of someone in that business, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or post contact information here. A unique opportunity exists to foster a solution to this growing threat to marine biodiversity by eating more lionfish and putting it on more menus.]
As many of you who follow this blog know, invasive species can have devastating impacts on local economies and wipe out endemic wildlife populations. Scott Cameron a frequent blogger here at ConserveFewell has established a new coalition devoted to reducing the risks and economic costs from invasive species,RRISC. The lionfish is one of those perfect killers, introduced by aquarium enthusiasts into places it doesn’t belong and wreaking havoc on native fish populations and decimating reefs. As a former aquarium enthusiast myself, this beautiful creature sent me scrambling to the hospital as a teen after accidentally impaling myself on one of its poisonous dorsal fins while cleaning a tank – where writhing in pain I waited for the Doctor to flip through his medical books looking for treatment to a lionfish sting. The good news is that I survived to tell this story. The public is starting to wake to this threat and find innovative ways to extinguish it. Over at Raxacollective, Phil Karp (that’s his real name, honest), has the following update:
[T]he Atlantic lionfish invasion is a unique problem that requires innovative solutions. The good news is that there is increasing and encouraging evidence that populations of native species can recover relatively quickly if lionfish numbers are kept in check. The question therefore becomes one of how to do this effectively and on a fiscally sustainable basis. I don’t believe that public sector agencies can do it alone, nor can legions of volunteer divers. Successful and sustained removal requires strategies that mobilize a range of stakeholders. A key element is development of markets that create commercial incentives for removals. Ideally, these should also provide livelihood opportunities for the fisher communities that are directly impacted by the threat. Read more . . .
Rich Lowry of NRO took on this week Congressman Raúl Grijalva of Arizona, Ranking Democratic on the House Natural Resources Committee, for initiating an investigation into several prominent critics of climate alarmism. Linked here at Politico, A Shameful Climate Witch Hunt. Lowry begins: One of the targets is Steven Hayward, a blogger, author and academic now at Pepperdine University (as well as an occasional contributor to National Review). As Hayward puts it, the spirit of the inquiry is, “Are you now or have you ever been a climate skeptic?” Grijalva’s letters were prompted by the revelation that Wei-Hock Soon, a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics whose work has been critical of the climate-change “consensus,” didn’t adequately disclose support for his research from read more
This week is the annual observance of National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW). Around the country it is being observed through citizen participation in local programs that are as diverse as invasive species themselves. Invasive species problems are so ubiquitous and often locally so overwhelming, that some consider their management to be a hopeless and endless task. But that is not the case. While, to paraphrase the Irish politician John Philpot Curran, the price of a healthy ecosystem may indeed be eternal vigilance, ridding ourselves of invasive species is by no means a hopeless task. Communities in the northeast have regularly successfully eliminated Asian long-horned beetle infestations, that would otherwise threaten to devastate our northern hardwood forests, and the Fall foliage read more
Over at National Review, Josh Gelernter argues that we should consider abolishing the U.S. EPA - "Fixing the EPA The $8-billion-a-year agency gives us a chance to see whether we need it at all." Pointing to the agency's occasional over-zealotry involving implementing the Clean Water Act and the GOP's inability to throttle back on the agency's seeming affinity to expand its regulatory reach, Gelernter argues: The GOP wants to rein in the EPA, but, hitherto, the EPA has simply ignored its overseers’ oversight. This new EPA plan [to redefine navigable waters], after all, is subsequent to the Supreme Court ruling that the Clean Water Act gave the federal government power to regulate only waterways that constitute a “substantial nexus” of interstate read more
As many of you who follow this blog know, invasive species can have devastating impacts on local economies and wipe out endemic wildlife populations. Scott Cameron a frequent blogger here at ConserveFewell has established a new coalition devoted to reducing the risks and economic costs from invasive species, RRISC. The lionfish is one of those perfect killers, introduced by aquarium enthusiasts into places it doesn't belong and wreaking havoc on native fish populations and decimating reefs. As a former aquarium enthusiast myself, this beautiful creature sent me scrambling to the hospital as a teen after accidentally impaling myself on one of its poisonous dorsal fins while cleaning a tank - where writhing in pain I waited for the Doctor to flip through read more
The public is bombarded every day with contradictory science and claims involving environmental risks. It can get so confusing and so many of us would rather turn off the noise than sift through the facts. Take BPA, for example, also known as bisphenol-A, which is an industrial chemical used in plastics and ubiquitous in the environment, found in trace amounts in over 90% of children. To some, it is the chemical from hell, linked to every ailment known to human kind, including heart disease, prostate cancer, neurological defects, diabetes, and obesity to name a few. But stop the presses. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced this past week that BPA is safe. Here's the press release: EFSA’s comprehensive re-evaluation of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure read more
Pope Francis drew the attention of The New York Times during his recent trip to Manila prompting the headline, “Papal Text Says Man Betrays God by Destroying the Environment.” Speaking on the environment and climate change for the second time in four days, at least in the text from which he departed completely, Francis said, “As stewards of God’s creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family. When we destroy our forests, ravage our soil and pollute our seas, we betray that noble calling.” The text also noted that “this country [Philippines], more than many others, is likely to be seriously affected by climate change.” The day before he visited Tacloban, which Reuters, the source read more
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