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Fish Farm Planned For San Diego

Yikes!! Beware of comments with too many exclamation marks!!

- Wild fish caught in and around Pt. Loma grow and live in human fecal matter, but the ocean has a wonderful ability to cleanse itself if not overwhelmed.

- The fish farms will be miles out to sea and up-current from the sewage outfall. The water at the farms will have far less fecal matter than any beach in our county.

- The farmed fish will reduce fishing pressure on wild fish. These are all local species, and all reproduce here except for stripped bass. Any that escape will only add to the overfished wild population.

- I agree that it's time to end the sewage waiver. Wastewater recovery such as is being done in Orange County would go a long way to saving increasingly valuable fresh water. Less water volume will make it cheaper and easier to reduce or eliminate sewage outfall. Reduced volume of sewage sludge could be used as fertilizer or placed in landfills.

- Antibiotics are only needed for overstressed, overcrowded fish. The big open enclosures proposed should keep the fish healthy and thriving without antibiotics.

- Filth and waste are an emotionally loaded way of saying nutrients and fertilizer. I don't trust commentary that tries to influence by use of emotionally loaded words. I'd expect plankton blooms and lively fish activity down current from the fish farms.

- Every fish has parasites (another emotionally loaded word). Cooking fish kills the parasites. As much as I love the taste and texture of sushi, I don't eat raw fish for that reason.

- People don't catch fish diseases (another emotionally loaded word).

Fish farms make a lot more sense in the open ocean than on land. We should support and encourage the Hubbs-Sea World pilot project. I hope it succeeds and becomes the start of a major enterprise in Southern California.

David Colton

July 31, 2009 at 4:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

SD Residents Urged to Look Out for Rattlesnakes

Rattlers can bite through most boots and shoes. The rest is common sense. I read somewhere that 80% of rattlesnake bite happen to people trying to handle the snakes.

In Sierra Club training, we also learned to stay on trails and look where we step or reach. In thousands of hours hiking and running in the chaparral, usually with our dogs, the only time I was warned by a frightened rattlesnake was when I stupidly walked over dried grass to cut over to another trail. Otherwise, I've seen rattlesnakes but they never threatened me or my dogs. I hope this article doesn't discourage anybody from getting out and enjoying our beautiful canyons and back country.

Dog snake aversion training is now available each spring, for about $75. We did it with our precious dog, and figured it's cheap insurance.

David

May 11, 2009 at 3:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )