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Bigger Fish Due to Climate Change: Tuna Industry
ABC News AU ^ | 07.11.2008 | ABC News AU

Posted on 07/12/2008 6:10:17 PM PDT by Coffee200am

The tuna industry says climate change is bringing benefits.

The chief executive of the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Association, Brian Jeffriess, says Port Lincoln crews in South Australia are reporting an excellent quality and size catch.

He says it can be partly attributed to the effects of climate change on the waters of the Great Australian Bight.

"There's no doubt climate change will bring benefits to the Great Australian Bight ecology in the sense that there's more upwellings therefore more small pelagics as we call them - sardines, mackerel, red bait, other fish - and that will bring tuna so there may be even winners from climate change," he said.

"This year some of the oceanographers are saying they've never seen south-easterly winds in a sustained strong way now that creates a lot of upwellings in the water - that brings nutrients to the surface.

"There's a feed chain which feeds on those - the tuna is virtually the last part of that food chain and benefits from improvements in the other parts of the food chain."


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: agw; climatechange; coastalenvironment; environment; fish; fishing; globalwarming; globullwarming; tuna

1 posted on 07/12/2008 6:10:17 PM PDT by Coffee200am
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To: Coffee200am

hmmm, this could also explain the increase in Al Gore’s size...


2 posted on 07/12/2008 6:11:44 PM PDT by xDGx
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To: Coffee200am
Algore must be doing a double back flip hearing global warming means your tuna salad may be cheaper next year!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

3 posted on 07/12/2008 6:12:48 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Coffee200am

4 posted on 07/12/2008 6:14:44 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie
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To: Coffee200am

Big Tuna


5 posted on 07/12/2008 6:15:48 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Coffee200am

I welcome our new Tuna Overlords...with mayonnaise, onions,pickles and celery...


6 posted on 07/12/2008 6:18:10 PM PDT by Coffee200am
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To: Coffee200am
I'm confused.

I thought the Great Warming was being predicted, even though it's a bit colder this year, so how does this have an effect on fish now? Are they anticipating something?

ML/NJ

7 posted on 07/12/2008 6:19:52 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Coffee200am

Gosh! You mean to tell me that the biota has adapted to changes in solar output without man’s help? How can we tax that?


8 posted on 07/12/2008 6:20:57 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Humans as you warm the planet prepare now to bow to your future tuna overlords.

9 posted on 07/12/2008 6:21:12 PM PDT by A message
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To: Coffee200am

it has been a great year for Tuna.


10 posted on 07/12/2008 6:28:44 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (maybe apes evolved from people.)
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To: Coffee200am

It’s getting to where, no matter the effect, global warming is the cause.


11 posted on 07/12/2008 6:31:44 PM PDT by zencat (Obama isn't an option: (www.McCain-Magnets.com))
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To: Coffee200am; Defendingliberty; Genesis defender; WL-law; Normandy; TenthAmendmentChampion; FrPR; ...
 



Beam Me to Planet Gore !

12 posted on 07/12/2008 6:35:01 PM PDT by steelyourfaith
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To: Coffee200am

Did someone say "Big Tuna"?

13 posted on 07/12/2008 6:41:55 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less.)
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To: Coffee200am

...this is a good thing right?


14 posted on 07/12/2008 6:55:37 PM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Obama for President!)
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To: goldstategop; Coffee200am
Algore must be doing a double back flip hearing global warming means your tuna salad may be cheaper next year!

Actually it's Dianne Feinstein and her husband who are thrilled - they're getting rich off of tuna.

15 posted on 07/12/2008 7:02:52 PM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: Coffee200am

WooHoo!!

Cheaper tuna. Gotta love this propaganda called Global Warming.


16 posted on 07/12/2008 7:15:27 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Coffee200am
I worked from 1977 to 1980 caring for all the electronics on 180 tuna boats + base stations in San Diego. The dolphin restrictions and poor catches eventually drove the fleet in the direction of New Zealand. Some of my co-workers followed the boats. I went off to Pacific Telephone. The optimum size of the family operated tuna seiner was about 400 tons. The optimal size for a commercially owned boat was about 1200 tons. Experiments with 2200 tons boats found that the first fish caught was rotting before the boat could be filled. Most of the 2200 ton boats mysteriously sunk. It was a difficult business as the ability to pay the bills due on electronics purchases, repair and installation was subject to the success of the boat catching tuna. Doing a first rate job on the electronics was crucial. If a seiner had to return to port because of an electronics failure, you could easily lose the boat's business. It's a small market. You can afford to screw up.

It's good to hear they are more successful this year.

17 posted on 07/12/2008 7:21:02 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: max americana
Cheaper tuna. Gotta love this propaganda called Global Warming.

Global Warming hasn't made it to Table Rock Lake, MO & AR this year.

Biggest largemouth 5 lbs so far. Could it possibly be the skill of the fisherperson?

18 posted on 07/12/2008 7:38:36 PM PDT by TYVets
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To: Myrddin

I spent my child hood boating out of San Pedro with my dad this was the late 60 s and 70 s loved to see all the fishing boats tones of them. now just a handful so sad


19 posted on 07/12/2008 8:39:54 PM PDT by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: al baby
When the seiners started their new fishing year (just after the New Year's revelry), our work load dropped. We filled in with pleasure boats, freighters and some "work" boats. The crab boats and albacore boats were a less frequent source of revenue, but appreciated anyway. My wife's family founded Kelco. Her uncle designed the special cutters on the kelp harvesting boats. I worked on their electronics many times before we met. I was surprised to see what a tightly knit social group exists along the San Diego waterfront.
20 posted on 07/12/2008 8:52:21 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Coffee200am

Toro! Toro! Toro!


21 posted on 07/12/2008 9:26:41 PM PDT by null and void (Do/'08)
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To: steelyourfaith
Not a tuna, but a big fish.
22 posted on 07/12/2008 10:06:24 PM PDT by rdl6989 ( I'm a carbon based human being, a Carbonated-American)
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To: Myrddin

My uncle operated out of San Diego until the late 40s but moved to Costa Rico and really cleaned up.

San Diego to South America and back was a long trip.

Short trips, through the Canal to Van Camps and when the Pacific quota was up fished the African coast and the canery trip was about the same distance.


23 posted on 07/12/2008 10:17:58 PM PDT by dalereed (both)
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To: Coffee200am

And what climate change would that be??


24 posted on 07/12/2008 11:01:26 PM PDT by Mogollon ($5/gal Gas....Kick the Jacka$$es Out!)
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To: rdl6989
Whoa, that IS a big fish !

I'm reminded of the baitman describing to his friends Homer Simpson-- the man who nearly reeled in the mythological fish, General Sherman:

" Seven feet tall he was, with arms like tree trunks. His eyes were like steel, cold, hard. Had a shock of hair, red like the fires of Hell."

25 posted on 07/13/2008 6:12:04 AM PDT by steelyourfaith
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To: dalereed
I've made a few service trips at the Van Camp's dock. Yuck. On the last trip, the Rosalie Marie was unloading fish. The crew was sweeping up piles of black flies 2 ft high on the deck. Thankfully, we did most of our work at B St, 10th Ave or the Crosby St fuel dock. It was probably a lucrative endeavor for the fishermen and the owner of Marine Electric. I was just a busy field service engineer keeping all the equipment on top shape.
26 posted on 07/13/2008 11:54:11 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Myrddin
he Van Camps that he was using after he moved the boat to Costa Rico was in the Caribbean. Down there the piles were probably 4' deep!!
27 posted on 07/14/2008 3:06:20 AM PDT by dalereed (both)
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To: dalereed
Down there the piles were probably 4' deep!!

Yuck. One of the funniest experiences I had going to the Rosalie Marie was when my co-worker stopped at the pilot house door. He put his index finger over his mouth and said "Sshh!". I was a bit perplexed until he pointed out the Dymo labeler label over the door. It read "No one aloud in the pilot house".

My saddest day with the fleet also involved the Rosalie Marie. I had finished checking all the PA mic stations before leaving the boat. That included the station in the shaft alley midway to the stern and between the fish wells. The shaft alley has the plumbing for all the anhydrous ammonia pipes used to cool the fish wells. Apparently the cook observed my truck headed back to the shop. In the time it took me to get to the office, the cook decided he needed to double check my work. When he got to the shaft alley station, an ammonia line blew. I heard the call for an ambulance on VHF channel 16 to go to the Rosalie Marie. It was later that day that I heard the cook was killed by the ammonia. It was a dangerous line of work. But for the grace of God, I might have been standing with the cook doing those checks.

28 posted on 07/14/2008 12:47:38 PM PDT by Myrddin
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