Thursday, August 5, 2010

Striped Bass & Fish Dinner!!

The Striped Bass Fish

- Some backround (Source: Notes from Proffesor berman class):
The stripped bass fish lives in fresh water-costal fish that moves form N. carolina to maine every year- They are in the coastal water of the Atlantic States. Theres is a plan to protect this species from extinction, that has been put into place since the 1970's in all of the Atlantic States.
What they did to help this fish basically was:
1. Stop fishing for this fish completely. No commercial or recreational.
This came after a lot of consensus between all the interested parties, all cooperated together and decide to take the loos together, because in the long run once the striped bass became a sustainable species it would be a gain for every state and the comercial and recreational side of it.
Once the species became sustainable, fishing was allowed again with some restrictions in pounds measure by a quota that was assigned to each state and each state can allocate the quota as they felt is better for each state needs. What matters? The pounds of fish and the number of fish taken.
Even though the fish is sustainable at this time, there is a problem with this specias: they eat a lot and scientisdt think that theres not enough food for this fish to eat in the sea, but so far teh quata system for each states is working pretty good and rarely the states meet their fish quota.
-Some interesting financial data in regards to Striped Bass fishing:
1. 30% of fishing trips are for striped bass fish.
2.It has direct recreational sales (2.5 billion dollars and it generates 63,000 full time jobs)
3. Its comercial sales are 500 million dollars. (which is not a lot in comparison to the recrational sales they bring). The retail sales are 55.9 greater than those produce by commercial fishes (more than 50%).
- Commerical Fisherman in RI:
As a commercial fisherman i would be in favor of allowing fishing in federal waters for the following reasons: 1st. because is my main source of income and a very lucrative bussines, that families can live on. 2nd. Because it created jobs for the people in my state in restaurants, markets, fishing supply companies,etc. 3rd. Now in RI we are allowed 93,000 pound as our quota and with opening the federal water its possible that our quota will be met. 4th. The fish itself is a good source of food that should be available to the population becuase its loaded with protein, mega 3 fatty acids which can prevent several diseases like coronary health disease, etc.. 5th. It would provide revenue for the state, for fishing licences and more.
As a side fact: I went to buy some striped bass fish to Roche Brothers today and the pound was selling for $18 dollars each, so its a very lucrative bussiness. So if the proffesor went to sale his fish he could get $360.00 dollars for it, do the math accordingly to the commercial fishing limitations in RI its a lot of $$$!!
- Personal Perspective in this matter:
I believe that it really wouldnt make a difference if the federal waters are open to fishing because the quota is going to remain the same and in RI they barely meet the already established quaota, so far they are rarely above 40,000 pounds. Based on all the reading ive done in regards to the current regulation of striped bass fishing in RI and in the rest of the Atlantic States i believe that the regulations are working pretty good: 1st because the fish is sustainable and 2nd because both commercial and recreational fihermans are getting there cut on it so they are happy with what they have and they barely even meet the quota so theres really no point to extend the federal water for fishing in the RI state. Putting a little bit of the PITA hat on me i would have to add that i would like to see some regulations in regards to the fishing methods so the fish dont suffer that much when caught. Fishes are living creatures and when they kill them they go thru a lot of pain specially when theres a deel hooking involved in the catch. According to Rudy Lukacovic DNR Fisheries Biologist studies with striped bass and other species it has shown that the mortality associated with deep-hooking is very rapid (less than 24 hours). Considering these observation, a deep hook fish will likely die and decompose before a hook rust out from an infection, this is if they leave the hook with the fish when they release it. However, "removing the deeply-lodgend hook is very traumatic, both physically and physiologically" for the fish. So, the solution for this type of cruel practice can be solved by prevention. The best way to reduce deep-hooking, especially when getting a striped bass, is to use a non-offset circle hook. According to Lukacovic studies with striped bass, these hooks will reduce overall mortality by 90 percent!! I believe this a good cause to fight for when recreational fisherman are trying to catch a fish and they are going to release it either because is too small for the minimum size or any other reason. I believe is cruel to put the fish back into the ocean hurt by the hook because he will die anyways, these goes to commercial fisherman as well.

So, we went to get some extra fish for dinner and we decided to buy the sword fish (maji maji). We cooked it along with the striped bass fish with the following ingredients: paprika, salt, pepper (very simple). Then separetely we cook some mushroom, red onion, tuscan romano basil tossed with olive oil to top the fish up and as a side we made a pilanta dish. Everything tasted good, i honestly liked the bass fish better than the sword fish, it was softer and more tasteful. Very nice dinner for a change..Thanks proffesor for catching that fish for us!!
See you all tomorrow!

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