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   California ends squid season four months early after fishermen harvest the maximum haul, 118,000 tons, in November

08 Dec 2012 02:40 PM   |   4741 clicks   |   SFGate
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RodneyToady    [TotalFark]  
Calamari for everyone!

08 Dec 2012 12:54 PM
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener     
They must have inked a lucrative deal.

08 Dec 2012 01:31 PM
MaudlinMutantMollusk    [TotalFark]  
No squidding?

08 Dec 2012 02:15 PM
lordjupiter     
/akbar

08 Dec 2012 02:44 PM
Resident Muslim     
Damn global warming.

08 Dec 2012 02:45 PM
crotchgrabber     
Hell. I like watching the squid boats at night.

08 Dec 2012 02:47 PM
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener     

lordjupiter: /akbar


IT'S A SNACK

08 Dec 2012 02:48 PM
T.M.S.     
Fishermen are also not much affected by the early end to the season. Most will go on to fish for sardines, salmon and other bounties of the Pacific, said Diane Pleschner-Steele, director of the California Wetfish Producers Association, an industry group for squid, sardine, anchovy and mackerel processors and fishermen.


How is that possible? They made the maximum amount of money by law four months early. So everything from that point on is a bonus. It would be a great thing for the crew as long as its commission and not salary they benefit from.

08 Dec 2012 02:54 PM
bingethinker     
What's got eight arms and kills its girlfriend?

Squid Vicious.

08 Dec 2012 02:54 PM
scotchcrotch     
I have an inkling for calamari right now

08 Dec 2012 02:55 PM
JohnnyC     
Humboldt squid are freakin' scary things.

08 Dec 2012 02:56 PM
Guidette Frankentits     

MaudlinMutantMollusk: No squidding?


Squidding:
v. 'to squid'.by A sexual technique whereby immediately prior to the male's ejaculation the female's parent, boyfriend or other threat enters the room. The male then turns to face the intruder, ejaculating onto them, there creating a distraction and allowing an expedient getaway. From the method by which squid spray ink at predators to ease escape.

08 Dec 2012 02:57 PM
LordOfThePings     
Spare a couple squid, guv'?

08 Dec 2012 02:57 PM
Yakk     
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08 Dec 2012 03:00 PM
FormlessOne     
Unseasonably warm waters, massive increase in low-oxygen waters off California coast, and you get a population boom in lanternfish, one of the few fish that enjoy that environment and are not commercially fished. As a result, you get a population explosion of jumbo squid. That's not a good thing - that population explosion is chewing its way through pretty much everything else at that depth. You're seeing the precursor to a drop in fishing hauls over the next two years or so in other, more desirable fish, because the warm, low-oxygen water can't support those fish. Instead, you'll see this lovely boom in critters we don't eat, and the critters that eat them, even as California's fishing industry suffers for it.

08 Dec 2012 03:01 PM
jasnotron     
But I watched that documentary "Soylent Green" and it said the oceans were dead.....What gives?

08 Dec 2012 03:01 PM
iheartscotch     
I watched a documentary about commercial fishing the other day. We've pretty much fished ourselves into a corner. We SHOULD only fish x amount to help the fish population recover. The maximum quota that the UN set is 2(x); what we actually fish is 8(x). ( I've forgotten the actual numbers) We've caused several species to go onto the endagered species list.

/ the documentary is called "The End of the Line" and is available to watch on Hulu. It is scary to say the least

08 Dec 2012 03:01 PM
Mister Peejay     

Yakk: [www.fandompost.com image 480x290]


I take it from the watering eyes that she discovered the beak?

08 Dec 2012 03:02 PM
rickythepenguin    [TotalFark]  
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JohnnyC: Humboldt squid are freakin' scary things.

 

few years back in San Deigo, there was an earthquake offshore, about a 2-3 on the Richter Scale. I felt it but barely. Couple of hours later, there were hundreds of Humboldts washing up onshore. This poor guy, we tried to rescue. That's me on the far left.

There was a lifeguard there, and he said not to touch them, but if we wanted to try to get him back in the water, we could do so. we did, but he didn't do much. he just barely moved when we got him int he water.

later, there were storeis where oceanographers / marine biologists theorized teh earthquake dicked up the water temperatures (or created an "inversion", i think they said), as i guess Humboldts feed in cold water. Most of them died. pretty sad.

what was pretty cool was how the guy radiated colors. when we got close he started radiating these reddish / orange bands down his body.

08 Dec 2012 03:04 PM
Anastacya     

JohnnyC: Humboldt squid are freakin' scary things.


So true. I saw a documentary about them and it scared the shiat out of me. I am terrified of deep water anyway, so the odds of me being in the ocean where they live are slim-to-none, but watching how they stalk their prey and how vicious they are is frighteningly fascinating.

Resident Muslim: Damn global warming.


Actually, FTA, the result of the squid population is La Nina, which causes cold water. The squid thrive in cooler temperatures.

08 Dec 2012 03:07 PM
jasnotron     

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JohnnyC: Humboldt squid are freakin' scary things. 

few years back in San Deigo, there was an earthquake offshore, about a 2-3 on the Richter Scale. I felt it but barely. Couple of hours later, there were hundreds of Humboldts washing up onshore. This poor guy, we tried to rescue. That's me on the far left.

There was a lifeguard there, and he said not to touch them, but if we wanted to try to get him back in the water, we could do so. we did, but he didn't do much. he just barely moved when we got him int he water.

later, there were storeis where oceanographers / marine biologists theorized teh earthquake dicked up the water temperatures (or created an "inversion", i think they said), as i guess Humboldts feed in cold water. Most of them died. pretty sad.

what was pretty cool was how the guy radiated colors. when we got close he started radiating these reddish / orange bands down his body.


You're right that was a Dick move.

08 Dec 2012 03:07 PM
DesertDemonWY    [TotalFark]  

FormlessOne: Unseasonably warm waters, massive increase in low-oxygen waters off California coast, and you get a population boom in lanternfish, one of the few fish that enjoy that environment and are not commercially fished. As a result, you get a population explosion of jumbo squid. That's not a good thing - that population explosion is chewing its way through pretty much everything else at that depth. You're seeing the precursor to a drop in fishing hauls over the next two years or so in other, more desirable fish, because the warm, low-oxygen water can't support those fish. Instead, you'll see this lovely boom in critters we don't eat, and the critters that eat them, even as California's fishing industry suffers for it.


You know how I know you didn't read TFA?

08 Dec 2012 03:09 PM
muck4doo     
Dungeness crab, the second-biggest fishery - which is currently frozen by a labor strike - brings in half that.


Nooooooooooooo!

08 Dec 2012 03:14 PM
JohnnyC     

Anastacya: JohnnyC: Humboldt squid are freakin' scary things.

So true. I saw a documentary about them and it scared the shiat out of me. I am terrified of deep water anyway, so the odds of me being in the ocean where they live are slim-to-none, but watching how they stalk their prey and how vicious they are is frighteningly fascinating.


I find them more frightening than sharks. Yes, sharks are obviously dangerous, but squid seem to 'think' more than sharks do and by way of that become far scarier. I'm no fan of deep water either (especially ocean water)... There isn't much in the waters of Michigan that is actually dangerous, but I'm still not comfortable in water that I can't see/touch the bottom of.

rickythepenguin: what was pretty cool was how the guy radiated colors. when we got close he started radiating these reddish / orange bands down his body.


That was the "if I could, I would drag you under and drown you, and then eat chunks of you" color pattern. You were trying to save it and it just wanted to kill you. Haha!

08 Dec 2012 03:20 PM
Mister Peejay     

jasnotron: But I watched that documentary "Soylent Green" and it said the oceans were dead.....What gives?


Farking hell, now I want some saltines.

08 Dec 2012 03:27 PM
danielscissorhands     
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08 Dec 2012 03:35 PM
Therion    [TotalFark]  
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just 'cause it's a fun pic.

08 Dec 2012 03:37 PM
stirfrybry     

Anastacya: JohnnyC: Humboldt squid are freakin' scary things.

So true. I saw a documentary about them and it scared the shiat out of me. I am terrified of deep water anyway, so the odds of me being in the ocean where they live are slim-to-none, but watching how they stalk their prey and how vicious they are is frighteningly fascinating.

Resident Muslim: Damn global warming.

Actually, FTA, the result of the squid population is La Nina, which causes cold water. The squid thrive in cooler temperatures.


Everything is global warming to the CAGW crowd.

08 Dec 2012 03:41 PM
Ivo Shandor    [TotalFark]  

Anastacya: So true. I saw a documentary about them and it scared the shiat out of me.


I saw a different documentary which said they really aren't that bad except when fishermen are busy slaughtering them. That does tend to upset them a bit. If you're just diving nearby, hanging out, they might come over to say hello but they aren't likely to hurt you.

08 Dec 2012 03:45 PM
Shakin_Haitian     
One person on the internet represents the entirety of climatologists.

This is what deniers actually believe.

08 Dec 2012 03:52 PM
brantgoose    [TotalFark]  
As an environmentalist I know that squid populations have been booming world wide due to over-fishing of the fish that prey on their eggs, young, and the squid themselves. This well before global warming came to the public's attention.

So I say eat the yummy f*ck*rs! Extend the fishing season! Flood the stores with cheap squid for Christmas! (Well, that's not very realistic. For AFTER Christmas. When you need something cheap and disgusting to get you through Valentine's Day and the credit card bills.) Squid. I love them. On my side plate.

Save a lamb, eat a squid! Or save a squid, eat a lamb! They're both delicious, especially if a Greek cook, deep-frying, lemon and olive oil are involved somewhere in the process.

Here's a sad commentary on the state of the world since the Great American Recession was exported to Europe: mediterranean poor people can no longer afford to eat the Mediterranean diet, one of the best in the world. They have to eat more junk food. I feel for the Greeks who aren't able to cheat on their taxes because they don't have any income and can't live in London. Google can point out the swimming pools and tennis courts to the tax man, but if you can't afford a nice gigot d'agneau for Sunday dinner, my liberal heart goes out to you.

Have you tried roast shipping magnate? They are very well marbled. Of all the Greeks, they are the second best well-marbled, and the other well-marbled Greeks are in Rich Country Museums.

See how I did that? You expected me to go one way and I went off on a complete tangent. Shows what you conservatives know. You don't know what I think. You barely know how to think, let alone how to follow a devious mind like mine.

08 Dec 2012 04:05 PM
iheartscotch     

Shakin_Haitian: One person on the internet represents the entirety of climatologists.

This is what deniers actually believe.


You know, Consensus isn't really an excepted scientific instrument.

Consensus can lead to biased conclusions.

/ just sayin'

08 Dec 2012 04:05 PM
Shakin_Haitian     

iheartscotch: Shakin_Haitian: One person on the internet represents the entirety of climatologists.

This is what deniers actually believe.

You know, Consensus isn't really an excepted scientific instrument.

Consensus can lead to biased conclusions.

/ just sayin'


It's crazy that these hundreds of thousands of scientists are all coming to the same conclusion based on absolutely no data at all, isn't it?

08 Dec 2012 04:10 PM
Sherman Potter     

FormlessOne: Unseasonably warm waters, massive increase in low-oxygen waters off California coast, and you get a population boom in lanternfish, one of the few fish that enjoy that environment and are not commercially fished. As a result, you get a population explosion of jumbo squid. That's not a good thing - that population explosion is chewing its way through pretty much everything else at that depth. You're seeing the precursor to a drop in fishing hauls over the next two years or so in other, more desirable fish, because the warm, low-oxygen water can't support those fish. Instead, you'll see this lovely boom in critters we don't eat, and the critters that eat them, even as California's fishing industry suffers for it.


I'll bet you're a real hit at parties...

08 Dec 2012 04:13 PM
Bendal     

JohnnyC: Humboldt squid are freakin' scary things.


When Heyerdall took his raft Kon Tiki across the Pacific, they navigated right across the area the Humboldt squids lived in. He wrote that when they were fishing at night, the squids would be attracted by the light and swarm around the raft. Any fish they caught would be torn apart within seconds by the squids, and if they caught one of them, they fought so much it was too dangerous to bring them up on the raft. He figured a man would last less than a minute in the water with so many big hungry squid swimming around. 

Also, in a book I have on the Indianapolis sinking, several survivors reported seeing squids grab swimmers and drag them under.

08 Dec 2012 04:17 PM
iheartscotch     

Shakin_Haitian: iheartscotch: Shakin_Haitian: One person on the internet represents the entirety of climatologists.

This is what deniers actually believe.

You know, Consensus isn't really an excepted scientific instrument.

Consensus can lead to biased conclusions.

/ just sayin'

It's crazy that these hundreds of thousands of scientists are all coming to the same conclusion based on absolutely no data at all, isn't it?


There are hundreds of thousands of qualified climatologists? I didn't realize that weather science was such a popular major.

I'm just saying that consensus for the sake of consensus is not science. Statistical data looses meaning if you don't look at the whole picture.

For example: I have seen a chart running around here that covers 9 years and shows no temperature variance. That is just as inttelectually dishonest as the charts from the 80's onward showing a constant increase. The best climate charts show thousands of years; only if you look at all of that data can you draw meaningful conclusions.

08 Dec 2012 04:23 PM
PapaChester     
Having gone Alaskan halibut fishing and watching the fishermen catch way over their limit, then proceed to clean them at sea to discard the evidence, and then watch them lie to the federal agent about how many they caught (who looked at them with a look that can only be described as "you're lying"), then proceed to mumble about her being a biatch as she walks away; yeah, I do not believe government regulations stand a chance against the ignorance that is the modern day fisherman.

Squid though, seem like an incredible avenue of consumption to expand into.

08 Dec 2012 04:23 PM
CptnSpldng     
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Banded Piglet Squid.

08 Dec 2012 04:48 PM
Gyrfalcon    [TotalFark]  
So is this an official "metric ass-ton" of squid?

08 Dec 2012 04:58 PM
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08 Dec 2012 05:02 PM
Bronzemom     
So 236 million pounds of squid is 72 million dollars by the article . And you guys complain about cop math.

08 Dec 2012 05:07 PM
Maul555     
I say eat them... I look forward to new recipes for squid...

08 Dec 2012 05:41 PM
machoprogrammer     

Bronzemom: So 236 million pounds of squid is 72 million dollars by the article . And you guys complain about cop math.


~33 cents a lb? at wholesale? Probably.

iheartscotch: I watched a documentary about commercial fishing the other day. We've pretty much fished ourselves into a corner. We SHOULD only fish x amount to help the fish population recover. The maximum quota that the UN set is 2(x); what we actually fish is 8(x). ( I've forgotten the actual numbers) We've caused several species to go onto the endagered species list.

/ the documentary is called "The End of the Line" and is available to watch on Hulu. It is scary to say the least


Yep. The US actually does a pretty good job overall of sustainability (Alaska in particular). Most other countries? Not so much.

08 Dec 2012 05:50 PM
ficklefkrfark     
Fished these out of Monterey one season...small, fascinating, tenacious little farkers....not a good harvest year, plus being constantly harassed and ripped off by the local Italian fisherman/buyers got old real quick....cool sad sack story bro.

/had a sea lion buddy that would hang out at the delivery dock to eat dropouts....he was incredibly large and protected his territory with violence and intimidation

08 Dec 2012 09:13 PM
Oldiron_79     
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn

09 Dec 2012 09:12 AM
Tatarize     
The squid are more fans of cold water, the real kicker here isn't specifically global warming but a combination of factors that has lead to massive dead zones in the oceans which Humboldt excel at. Typically the lack of oxygen at that depth is a hindrance to critters, but less so to Humboldt for some reason (was vague years ago when I checked, maybe more could be had) but my general position is that they are hugely over populated and really squid in general, sure cut that haul off, but Humboldt they should be pretty much limitless. They live in a post oceanic dead space. It would be like having a limit on the number of zombies you can kill in zombieland.

09 Dec 2012 10:17 AM
BlaqueKatt     

rickythepenguin: . This poor guy, we tried to rescue. That's me on the far left.


If you didn't already have TF I'd give you a sub for that.
/Likes squid
//And other cephalopods
///no I don't eat sentient creatures, and cephalopods have the intelligence level of a higher primate, or a human toddler.

09 Dec 2012 12:54 PM
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