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Archive for December, 2011

Feast of the Seven Fishes

Really really busy at the fish markets last week.  Part of the reason is the southern Italian tradition called the “Feast of the Seven Fishes”, which happens around Christmas every year.   This feast doesn’t usually actually involve seven distinct species of fishes, but seems to traditionally involve a lot of cod (particularly salt cod [...]

Happy Holidays!

I realized today that I hadn’t posted this week, it’s been very very busy in the shellfish business.  I know it’s not necessarily an indicator of the overall health of the country’s economy, but a lot of places we do business with said they had their busiest December in years.  More parties, more diners, just [...]

Cod Problems Redux

Read Kurlansky’s book Cod.  It won’t take you long, but it’s a great parable about the rise and fall through over-exploitation of a renewable resource.  Then read this, which appears to be another sad chapter in the long slide of that species.  Notice that the total amount of the harvest is around 14 million dollars.  [...]

Oh Europe, You so Crazy

In the midst of the “European Debt Crisis” the EU came out with this little gem of funding.  More fisheries subsidies.  Europe is a seafood disaster.  They have a ton of coastline and access to the ocean, obviously, but no Pacific coast and their waters have generally been either decimated of fish or were never [...]