Weekend Update!

To All Our Buyers and Chefs,

 

We are looking at a sunny weekend with 40-50 degree temperatures; people will be out and about so be sure to fill up the walk-ins.

  • American Red Snappers – all sizes look great, with a little better savings on the 4lb+ fish
  • Swordfish – Beautiful red bloodline, nice fat content
  • Wild Striped Bass – big fish and gorgeous filets

·         Golden Corvina – sweet, flaky flesh, great for a ceviche

·         Local Hake – Bargain of the week, great for a fish stew of Fish & Chips

·         Tuna #2 – great for the gill for a slider or poached for a salad

·         Shrimp Special: 13/15 Peeled & Deveined Tail-on, 10lb cases

 

 

Plenty of fresh Oysters, Clams, Mussels and Lobsters. A plethora of frozen shrimp to choose from; head-on, head-off, shell-on, shell-off and cooked. King Crab legs too!

Back in 1643 Dutch settlers attack Native Americans in Manhattan and in Maspeth. In Manhattan, the Native Americans are slaughtered. But in Maspeth, they retaliate and drive the Dutch back to Manhattan. RIP Elizabeth Gertrude Knight Britton (1934), an American botanist, she helped establish the New York Botanical Gardens. In 1964 Cassius Clay (who  changed his name to Muhammad Ali) became the world heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Sonny Liston in Miami Beach. It is also National Chocolate Covered Peanut Day - The original chocolate covered peanut candy are Goobers first sold in 1925; the word “Goober” was a common slang word for peanut.

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Mysterious Ocean Buzz Traced To Daily Fish Migration


 

 

The half-naked hatchetfish, shown here munching on a shrimp, is just one of many billions of mesopelagic ocean fish that migrate up and down the water column each day to hunt food and avoid predators. Wikimedia

February 22, 2016 - You might expect the middle of the Pacific Ocean to be a pretty quiet place, especially a thousand feet down. But it turns out that huge parts of the ocean arehumming. (Link to: The sound of the ocean humming). Scientists have puzzled over the source of the sound for several years. Now, a marine biologist reporting Monday at a meeting of ocean scientists in New Orleans says she thinks her team may have figured it out.

The discovery started with hydrophones. Marine scientists listen to the deep ocean by dropping these underwater microphones over the side of ships, or by putting them on buoys. Usually they hear what sounds like male humpback whales calling to each other at mating time, or the clicking signals of dolphins and other marine mammals.

But a few years ago, those hydrophones picked up something weird out in the Pacific. The puzzling sound was faint, but continuous at certain times of day — just a few decibels above the background level — and definitely different from the normal sound of the ocean. It was 300 hertz and above — high for the call of a whale, and too continuous to be the signals of other marine mammals.


 

According to Simone Baumann-Pickering, a marine biologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, the nature of the sound was "more as if you're sitting on an airplane and it's humming, buzzing." The sound starts after the sun sets, she says, and goes on for a couple of hours, then stops. The same thing happens at dawn.

Now, biologists knew that huge clouds of small fish and crustaceans and squid tend to hide in the dark, deep water during the day, and rise up nearer the surface to feed at night. This happens in all oceans in the mesopelagic zone, a fish-rich area of little light that stretches from about 660 feet beneath the sea's surface to depths of around 3,300 feet. It took hydrophones in the Pacific to reveal that the hum actually accompanies that daily rise and fall of the fish migration.

Why the noise? Scientists can only speculate. It could be, says Baumann-Pickering, which the creatures "are truly, actively communicating - potentially to initiate migration." In other words, maybe the buzz is just a signal that "it's time to go," she says.

But there's another more mundane possibility. "It's known that some fish are considered to be farting," says Baumann-Pickering, "that they emit gas as they change depths in the water column." The gas comes from a swim bladder inside the fish that controls its buoyancy. In either case, billions of fish may be jetting up and down in the ocean every day, and making it hum. If so, it would likely be the largest migration of vertebrate animals on the planet, Baumann-Pickering says. She calculates that the weight of the fish amounts to some 10 billion tons. At the New Orleans meeting sponsored by the American Geophysical Union, Baumann-Pickering told colleagues the sound raises an interesting question. Why would the fish do this if, as you might expect, the noise would have the effect of a dinner bell, attracting large predators?

Nobody knows, she says. "We're just scratching the surface in terms of understanding how important sound is" in the ocean.

·  “I bet there's rich folks eatin' in a fancy dining car

They're probably drinkin' coffee and smokin' big cigars

Well I know I had it comin' I know I can't be free

But those people keep a-movin', And that's what tortures me”
~ Johnny Cash from Folsom Prison Blues, who’s birthday is tomorrow

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Susan Parker

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