kottke.org posts about fishing

Dolphin safe tuna an ecological disaster?Sep 15 2009

The dolphin issue changed how tuna fisherman fish...but the new method is actually worse for marine life overall.

By trying to help dolphins, groups like Greenpeace caused one of the worst marine ecological disasters of all time. Few other fisheries are as bad for groups like sharks and sea turtles as the purse seine fishery, and none are as large in scale.

(via the browser)

The CoveAug 21 2009

The Cove has been getting great reviews: four stars from Ebert (who calls it "a certain Oscar nominee") and a score of 82 on Metacritic. A quick synopsis from Wikipedia followed by the trailer:

The Cove is a 2009 documentary film documenting the annual killing of more than 2,500 dolphins in a cove at Taiji, Wakayama in Japan. The film was directed by former National Geographic photographer Louis Psihoyos, and was filmed secretly during 2007 using underwater microphones and high-definition cameras disguised as rocks.

Catfish noodlingMay 12 2009

Noodling is the practice of catching catfish by letting them latch onto your arm.

To begin, a noodler goes underwater to depths ranging from only a few feet to up to twenty feet, placing his hand inside a discovered catfish hole. If all goes as planned, the catfish will swim forward and latch onto the fisherman's hand, usually as a defensive maneuver in order to try to escape the hole. If the fish is particularly large, the noodler can hook the head around its gills.

This video captures some noodling fishermen in action.

(via that's how it happened)

Update: There's a documentary on noodling called Okie Noodling. (thx to many)

The Curly Tail Grub holds the topJan 31 2008

The Curly Tail Grub holds the top slot in the list of the 50 greatest fishing lures of all time.

Dumb interface, but here are some neatJan 31 2007

Dumb interface, but here are some neat maps of global fish catch locations, mostly tuna. For example, on these maps you can see the dramatic increase of purse seine fishing from 1964-1998. (thx, spencer)

Some nice photography from Corey Arnold, specificallyOct 05 2006

Some nice photography from Corey Arnold, specifically the fishing portfolios. (via thih)

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