Late last year NOAA
Fisheries conducted its
first-ever national survey of
opinions and attitudes held
by more than 9,000 saltwater anglers in 22 coastal
states. Insights to anglers’
motivations, trip successes,
and preferred management
objectives will help NOAA
Fisheries better understand
what makes saltwater
anglers tick — or at least fish.
For more details and
regional breakdowns, see
this story online at
Here Be Monsters
IF YOU’RE ON THE WEST COAST, you may have noticed an invasion of sea monsters last October. First, an off-duty crewmember of the tall ship Tole Mour found a dead 18-foot oarfish while diving near Catalina Island in California. (She did what any of us would do – dragged the 300-pound fish back to shore to show her friends and take pictures.) Oarfish are long, eel-like fish, which can grow to around 50 feet and live at
depths of up to 1,000 feet. Encounters with live oarfish are extremely rare, but a few days
later, another dead specimen came to shore in Oceanside, California – this one 14 feet long.
The appearance of the two “sea serpents” led to speculation in the news about Japanese
folk wisdom linking the fish to upcoming earthquakes, but scientists were skeptical of a con-washed up in Venice Beach. If Godzilla shows up next, all bets are off. — C.L.