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.
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.
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.
This video shows you where the protected areas are and gives you a few samples from the North American continent.
A video describing what NOAA does.
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.
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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.
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.
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