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Use the space below to add in a story about your species of choice. Feel free to use your presentation tool of choice for this particular task. When complete, we should have a nice thread of resources highlighting a handful of some of the most commonly consumed seafood species... or perhaps even a few of the most interesting for perhaps another reason. Either way, please either embed your story below, or directly link to it in another location.

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Basically Calimari, squid, has been eaten in many different countries for many years. Some of these countries are Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Korea, Philippines, and Japan as well as the United States of course. Nearly the entire squid body can be consumed, including the mantle, tentacles, and even the ink sac can be used for dressings. On top of this they are a good source of protein, riboflavin, vitamin b12, and selenium. Market squid is a very fast growing species, maturing in just 2-3 years and reproducing rapidly enough to handle fishing pressure. Bycatch tends to be low when squid fishing because they use a technique called purse seining where they specifically target and capture large groups of squid. Overall I think that squid is a great choice as far as sea food goes. 

Thanks for kicking us off, Shelby. To me, it is interesting how many sources found even today mention that squid is eaten in... well, the countries you mention above. And yet, this animal is no doubt eaten in many more, if not the vast majority of countries on the planet. You tell it correctly that this species (several, really) has many virtues that make it a good choice for consumers. 

 

Check out this article. It is a newspaper article dated 1978 that highlights a Barbara Ford book entitled "Future Food." 

 

To me, it is always interesting to scroll back in time to examine the development of today's cultural elements. The simple fact that calamari is so pervasive on the menus of all sorts of local and chain restaurants even here in the middle of the continent speaks volumes about the accuracy of the predictions made in the book. However, it is also fun to read the almost -naive- tone throughout the article. It really illustrates our level of awareness of squid as a table option at that point in time.

Also interesting to read about how the "monster" reputation of the squid isn't deserved since it "really isn't a dangerous animal." Try telling that to essentially any aquatic animal less than the size of a squid. They are voracious predators! Frankly, some squid that attain a decent size are certainly as scary as anything that swims. Check out this clip about the Humboldt squid:

 

I decided to post the videos my group had used in our project for Wildlife Law, our project was Marine Mammal Protection Act and Protected areas. All videos were posted/created this past year.

Marine Mammal Protection Act

 This video shows you what has happened within the 40 years(1972) it has been established and why it was important to establish it. Polar bears were recently added in 2010.

Marine Protected Areas

This video shows you where the protected areas are and gives you a few samples from the North American continent.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

A video describing what NOAA does.

National Marine Mammal Foundation

Watch this video!!! I was blown away at how marine mammals are helping us with biological research.

I've heard about the National Marine Mammal Foundation before watching the above posted videos, however, did not realize exactly how big they really are.  These videos were definitely worth watching.  I enjoy the evolution in which the world has grown a greater respect for wildlife and have realized how much it truly impacts us everyday.  In the last video, learning about "the switch" dolphins posses which may be able to turn diabetes on and off proves of the admiration and respect that these animals truly deserve.  Perhaps the answers to curing certain diseases or disorders lies in the complexity and mystery of animals which shows how great the National Marine Mammal Foundation truly is.  Also, I loved the demonstration with this cute little guy:

It's amazing how advanced animals really are with the questionnaire test done on the sea lion to see how it reacts and works with sound.  I agree full heartedly that is is easy to be "blown away at how marine mammals are helping us with biological research."

It is simply inspiring.

White seabass are prized for their large size and great flavor and is found off California and both coasts of Baja California Mexico. http://s3.amazonaws.com/files.posterous.com/proj3ctconn3ct/1Ec6LC1R...

I was denied access to this file...  (?)

That's weird should I email it to you?
http://proj3ctconn3ct.posterous.com/presentation-1-123

The fish I chose mahimahi. It is a migratory fish. And it travels between international boundaries. So it is eaten e everywhere. Mahimahi has an almost sweet taste nMahimahi is a very abundant fish. And it can take the high rates of harvest. It has a green fish rating. And is caught by trolling, poling, and longlining. Most of the mahimahi caught for the U.S. comes from Hawaii as well as from the Atlantic and Gulf.

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One of my all time favorite foods is sushi.  Last year while on vacation, my family and I ate at a restaurant called "Yomato Ya."  It was simply superb.  On the menu there was a fish that was called "Hamachi."  While in an adventurous state of mind, I order Hamachi sashimi style.  Hamachi as the waiter explained is also known as Yellowtail bought exclusively from Japan.  Hamachi was nothing but scrumptious.  Little did I know at the time, Hamachi is actually ranked "Avoid" on the Seafood watch.  Hamachi, this type of Yellowtail, is fished in Japan and Australia.  It is marked as avoid because it is caught in open net pens.  The problem with this way of catching fish is that there is a waste build up beneath the pit,  diseases spread quickly within the pit, and small fish are captured for food for this fish.  Another downfall with this way of mass producing Yellowtail is because when the fish escapes it compromises the wild population by either competing for food/habitat or interbreeding with the wild population. 

A good alternative that I tried when I was at the Sushi House a couple weeks ago is the California Yellowtail.  We ordered the California Yellowtail special called the "Flamingo."  Again, we were not disappointed.  We told the waiter about how we enjoyed the Hamachi a lot.  He then went to inform us how bad it was for the ocean for us to eat.  He told us that the California Yellowtail was much, much more environmental friendly.  This fish was wild caught in the United States.  It was caught by either drift gillnet and hook and line. Explaining that fisheries here in the United States are very helpful because of the regulations that are set in place.  He also talked about how the Sushi House watches the Seafood Watch channel to ensure that their sushi doesn't impacted the environment negatively.

*Picture form Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch.

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/SeafoodWatch/web/sfw_factshee...

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I also did the Mahimahi, or Dolphinfish. Distinguished by bright colors, such as gold on their sides and bright blues and greens on their sides and back, these fish get their nickname for their resemblance to dolphins while in water. These traits make them popular with sport anglers. They are also popular because they populate quickly due to fast maturity rates- usually about 4 to 5 months after hatching. Within a year they weigh around 15-29 lbs.

Mahimahi are common to the areas listed on slide #3, because these areas are off-shore temperate, tropical, and subtropical waters. Because they thrive in areas like this, U. S. and Caribbean countries are the primary consumers of this fish. They are also popular food sources in Australis, Japan, and Hawaii. Commercial fishermen primarily use longline and pole-and-line.
Best choice: U. S. Atlantic Troll, Pole-and-Line
Good Alternative: U. S. Longline Imported Troll, Pole-and-Line (due to strict regulations)
Avoid: Imported Longline-> LOTS of by catch

Little is none about the overall population of Dolphinfish. However, it is known that they swim rapidly in open water and take refuge or feed near Sargassum Floats. They rarely travel over shallow reefs. Out in the open water, these fish can feed on anything from flying fish, squid, and mackerel, to zooplankton and crustaceans.

Overall, fishing in the U.S. for this fish is the best for the population!
I did Pufferfish. Although most species live in inshore and estuarine waters, 29 species spend their entire life cycles in freshwater. These species are found in disjunct tropical regions of South America (one species), Central Africa (three species) and Southeast Asia (25 species)

Pufferfish can be lethal if not served properly. Puffer poisoning usually results from consumption of incorrectly prepared puffer soup

The Pufferfish contain at least 120 species of puffers in 19 genera. They are most diverse in the tropics and relatively uncommon in the temperate zone and completely absent from cold waters. They are typically small to medium in size, although a few species can reach lengths of greater than 100 centimeters (39 in).
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Swordfish are listed as "avoid" on the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch. However, not all swordfish are listed under this category. The method of fishing determines how dangerous consumption is of that animal. For example, swordfish caught by harpoon, hand lines, and drift gillnets are listed as "best choice" and "good alternative" because they result in less bycatch. These methods exist in well managed fisheries such as the North Atlantic, Eastern Pacific, the US, and Canada.

Long line fishing is what causes the swordfish to be labeled as "avoid" because it exists in poorly managed fisheries without laws that regulate bycatch. Long line fishing does exist in the US Atlantic and Hawaii, however both those areas include strict bycatch regulations.

History: From 1883-1885, the average recorded weight of swordfish was 200-310 lbs. From 1917-1930, the average recorded weight was 114-186 pounds. In 1995, th US imported 4,681 tons of swordfish and caught 7,278 tons. The oldest fishery for Pacific swordfish is California's harpoon fishery, which began at the turn of the 20th century.


Consumption: swordfish are categorized as "oily fish" and are mainly sold as grilled steaks. They are a popular fish for cooking. (*swordfish does contain methylmercury, dangerous to young children and pregnant woman*)
Distribution: Swordfish are distributed throughout the world, shown on the picture below. The red is where the swordfish are distributed.


Alternatives: Mahi Mahi has been listed as a good alternative for swordfish.

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