For the first time, a fish has been removed from U.S. Endangered Species Act protection as federal officials declared that a tiny shimmering minnow found only in Oregon was no longer in danger of extinction. Millions of the two-inch fish, the Oregon chub, once swam in waters surrounding Western Oregon’s Willamette River. But their numbers declined sharply over the past century as wetlands were drained for development. Fewer than 1,000 remained in 1993 when the chub gained protection.
Marine biologists have continuously reported that the invasive lionfish, now dominating coral reefs from the Carolinas to South America, had no natural predators. Last week some amazing video surfaced of a Nassau Grouper luring a lionfish into open water and consuming him. Maybe Mother Nature has some surprises ahead for the voracious feeding lionfish, to the betterment of reef fish everywhere.
It is a widely known fact that octopus are wicked smart. They might be nature’s greatest chameleon as this video shows their astonishing ability to blend into their surroundings. They are known to hunt in packs, and have figured out how to open stone crab traps and harvest them. Octopus have even been recorded opening jars. But a video taken last week of an octopus literally jumping out of the water to chase down a crab for lunch might take the cake.
Campbell’s Culinary & Baking Institute, a global network of highly-trained culinary professionals, released its second annual Culinary TrendScape – a trend report tracking the top 10 influential food themes for 2015. High on the list was Seafood Awareness. They report ”depleted fish populations and inefficient trade practices have chefs practicing responsible sea-to-table consumption.” This is a very good trend.
On Friday, Mark Bittman, one of the leading voices looking to a better food system, published a strong article asking “How Should We Eat?”. Worth a read.
All the best,
from the Dimin Family and the Sea to Table team