Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mother nature has its way.  Humpback whales are returning to the shores off NYC in large numbers.  No one knows for sure why - population increases, cleaner water, they are not sure.  But it is happening.
I wonder what would happen if the Gulf of Mexico States were to put a 5 year moratorium on shrimping and on certain fish if the Gulf would be given a rebirth.
It would be nice to go back to the days of all you can eat grouper or flounder.

From CNN August 2014:

"-- The Gulf of Mexico's annual spring-summer "dead zone" is the size of Connecticut -- slightly smaller now than in recent years but nowhere near the trim scientists had sought, researchers said this week.

Scientists' annual survey found an area of 5,052 square miles of "low oxygen water," or hypoxia, off much of Louisiana's coast and part of Texas, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday.
The zone is formed by nutrients that wash into the Gulf's waters -- largely agriculture fertilizer and wastewater coming down the Mississippi River. These boost algae blooms that suck up the oxygen in deep water, according to NOAA and the U.S. Geological Survey.
Marine life struggles to find enough oxygen to survive within the zone."
No one will ever challenge the corn belt states on the issue of nitrates.  So the problem will persist in the Gulf until we have elected officials willing to tell Iowa - enough is enough - no one vying for the White House will ever do that.
But given a chance nature will have its way - but unfortunately for the Gulf of Mexico the Republicans who control all of the bordering states killing the Gulf of Mexico is the plan - and then of course they will blame President Obama even though he will have already left office.
It is sad that when you go to SPI restaurants the fish will probably be Alaskan Pollock. Vietnamese swai, or tilapia.  The shrimp will be imported and farm raised.  How sad is it to live on the Gulf of Mexico and we cannot get fresh seafood. 
To be fair, if you ask a few restaurants are still serving Gulf shrimp at a premium price if you are willing to pay.
I love when a friend catches a sheephead - they are a pain in the butt to clean, but I love the taste - apparently some people will not eat what they consider to be ugly fish.

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