Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fish Story update

I am pleased to announce that, "Pushing Rocks,"a place to think about the impact of climate change and other anthropocene effects on fish, has just reached 1250 hits since we launched the blog. I have temporarily changed the settings, in celebration, so that friends of Fish Story can post more of their own stories.

Fish Story, is part of the "Gulf to Gulf" project of webcasts about the impact of global warming on gulf regions internationally. It was formally launched October 19, 2012 and Hurricane Sandy hit New York City, October 30. It was a pre-Halloween witch and an October surprise for the presidential election.

Since then, I've been trying to write about the relationships I see between fish, global warming and the kinds of attitudinal and policy changes we may need to make now to avert future disasters ... and to seeing many fewer fish.

Sandy, btw, now has her own wikipedia entry:

I invite you, my dear readers to add your thoughts to this mix.

Note: we had some tech troubles today, so if you tried but still couldn't post today, please don't give up. Try again tomorrow.


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  2. From Mary Ko Aagerstoum:

    Bonefish populations in Florida Bay have been declining over many years, with steep population decreases noted in the past five years. Beyond an indication of an ecological problem, bonefish were once a big draw for recreational fishing in the Florida Keys. With fewer bonefish to catch, business is going elsewhere. The decline in bonefish could also indicate other ecological problems and affect other species in Florida Bay.

    The precise cause of the bonefish decline is unknown, so Audubon scientists are studying what is most important to a bonefish: food.

    Have the crabs, shrimp, and worms bonefish need also declined?

    The food available—or not available—at bonefish habitats will help Audubon scientists piece together what has led to their virtual disappearance in Florida Bay. Changes in historical water flows through the Everglades has resulted in many changes to the Florida Bay ecosystem, although it is not yet known if the bonefish decline is related to Everglades water flows.

    Based in Tavernier, Audubon’s scientists at the Tavernier Science Center are uniquely positioned to study Florida Bay and the backcountry of Everglades National Park.

    Learn more about Audubon's work in Florida Bay:

    Four Colorado River fishes—the Colorado pikeminnow (Ptychocheilus ucius) , the bonytail chub (Gila elegans) , the humpback chub (Gila cypha) , and the razorback sucker (Xyrauchen texanus) — are indicators of river health. They are featured on page 6 of today's "Top 10 2012 report" featuring the top 10 species nominated across the country as impacted by water woes. (photo credit: Joel Sartore)

  3. That is Mary Jo not Mary Ko. I entered the post for her but then couldn't correct my typo: blog learning curves.

  4. Thanks mary Jo! Sorry it took so long for me to reply- I only just found where comments were.

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