Monday, March 28, 2011


"Hooked" is a short story about a fish called Breemie who tries to get rid of a crazy-eyed, stretchy, purple stalker by using a sparkling, crystal flash lure of his own. Written and directed by Friedl Jooste.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Microworlds is a series of three educational videos produced by NOAA's Ocean Media Center and NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center for the 5th grade Microworlds Science Unit developed by Science and Technology Concepts. Each video features a different NOAA scientist interacting with several Seattle Public School students, while employing microscopes to better understand the world around us. Through each episode, the series connects real-world science with real-world topics and issues that students and teachers deal with in the classroom. The imagery and insights are fascinating.

Monday, March 21, 2011


These photos were taken by fisheries biologist Andrew Muir.  He used a darkfield technique and his Nikon with scope attached to capture some "tiny critters" living in the Great Lakes called Copepods. Copepods are a group of very small crustaceans found in the worlds oceans and nearly every freshwater habitat. They are a major food source for fish, crustaceans, seabirds and whales. Some of these invertebrates drift in currents (planktonic), some live on the bottom (benthic) and others live in wet terrestrial places like swamps, stream beds and even under leaf fall in forests. Scientists speculate that planktonic copepods form the largest animal biomass on earth. Copepods even play a significant role in helping to manage the global ocean carbon sink and are being hired to control mosquito born illnesses. It's no understatement to say that all life depends on these little bugs which most of us never see. Check out The World of Copepods for more on this miniature tribe of movers and shakers.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

For the record

Former Commissioner of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Arthur Brownell shares his perspective on marine resources and talks about the importance of making Striped Bass a game fish.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

FFIM f3t

FFIM (Fly Fishing in Maine) is hosting three showings of The Fly Fishing Film Tour (f3t) at the Frontier Cafe and Cinema in Brunswick, ME on March 4th (7pm SOLD OUT) and 5th (4pm and 7pm).  This has proven to be a popular Maine event and advance sale ticket purchase is recommended after all the screenings sold out last year. All proceeds from these events will go to the FFIM Grassroots Grant fund. This year FFIM will focus their efforts on stream restoration for wild brook trout in the Western Maine mountain area, as well as efforts to research a bacterial disease that is negatively impacting striped bass all along the East Coast. Put your roof rakes down and order tickets online or call the theater at (207) 725-5222 to claim a seat.

Illustration by El Pescador