CURRENT WEATHER - Snow showers and flurries are moving to our north and east and we are not likely to see any snow in the next few hours. There is a possibility of some light snow late tonight and into tomorrow morning with little or no accumulation. Temperatures today will rise into the upper 30s, but will dip below the freezing mark for the next several days. At 7:00am under partly cloudy skies the temperature is 17, real feel is also 17. The wind is West at 2mph. Humidty is 86%. The barometer is 30.26 and falling.
Donald Jones and Janet Miller wear clothing they wore during Bangor 100th anniversary in 1975 in a fashion show at Eunikue Fashion in Bangor to commemorate Bangor's 140th anniversary. Eunikue Fashion will hold its own fashion show February 28 at 1:00pm. (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Pen Argyl's Olivia Benders gets a rebound during the Knights' 45-30 loss to NDGP played Thursday at Pen Argyl. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Pen Argyl's Lauren Zanette (5) is fouled in the act of shooting during the Knights' 45-30 loss to NDGP played Thursday at Pen Argyl. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Why the future of fishing is farming
(BPT) - Go to the seafood counter or local restaurant and over 91 percent of the seafood is shipped from thousands of miles away. If you are looking for a source of safe, sustainable, high quality, local seafood, you’re probably having difficulty finding it.
In the U.S., the aquaculture industry works closely with government agencies and academic institutions to help ensure that fish and shellfish farmed in the United States meet the highest standards for environmental practices, sustainability and food safety, according to Mike Freeze, president of the National Aquaculture Association. Because U.S. wild harvest fisheries are well managed and most are at maximum sustainable yield, farming fish is the sensible and sustainable answer to meeting the growing demand for seafood.
Aquaculture or fish farming is the production of marine and freshwater organisms under controlled conditions for all or part of the life cycle. This includes finfish, shellfish and aquatic plants for human consumption, stocking in sport fishing ponds, enhancing wild populations, medical research, and for hobby use in fish tanks and backyard ponds.
Some fish, like catfish and tilapia, can be raised in ponds. This is probably the earliest form of aquaculture and was practiced in China and Egypt about 3,000 years ago. Fish like trout need moving freshwater and are raised in raceways. In raceways, the water is diverted from a natural source, flows through the system and is then returned to the source. Water exiting the system must be of the same or better quality than the receiving water. The most sophisticated systems are recirculating systems where the water is used in the system, cleaned and then reused. Since the water is reused in these systems, they can be located almost anywhere - even in the desert or in abandoned inner city buildings.
Offshore aquaculture operations can help supply the world with much needed protein. These systems are located far from shore and can take advantage of the miles of open-ocean around the world. Aquaculture is one of the most efficient ways to raise animal protein and shows great promise as a way to feed a growing and hungry world without compromising environmental quality. In1979, Jacques Cousteau, an advocate for the marine environment, said, “We must plant the sea and herd its animals using the sea as farmers instead of hunters. That is what civilization is all about - farming replacing hunting.”
The farming of oysters, clams and mussels helps to maintain environmental quality. Algae can grow rapidly during the summer and cause a “bloom.” When the bloom dies off, a high volume of the oxygen in the water is used. Because shellfish feed on algae, they can help keep the ecosystem system in balance so that more oxygen is available for other organisms. In addition, because of the three-dimensional structure of their shells, they provide habitats and hiding places for other animals. This adds to biodiversity which is a cornerstone of a healthy ecosystem.
Aquaculture has another important benefit - sustainability. Some species like sturgeon are facing extinction in the wild, but aquaculture is helping to ensure that future generations will still be able to enjoy both sturgeon and caviar. Another fish that is rapidly disappearing from its natural habitat is Atlantic salmon, but aquaculture is making it plentiful on menus and at seafood counters.
Fish produced in the United States are regulated from breeding to harvest and then through the processing and distribution steps. Fish farmers must follow a strict set of federal, state and, in some cases, local regulations. Those regulations prohibit the use of added hormones and antibiotics to enhance growth. Only a few drugs have been approved and must be used under the direction of a licensed veterinarian.
Many environmental organizations place U.S. farm-raised fish and shellfish on their “Best Seafood Choices” lists. U.S. farm-raised fish and shellfish are good choices for the environment and, because prices and supply are stable, they can provide a great-tasting, healthy, sustainable option for dinner. Visit the National Aquaculture Association website at www.thenaa.net to learn more
Pen Argyl's Emily Messinger fights for the ball, during the Knights' 45-30 loss to NDGP played Thursday at Pen Argyl. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Bangor's Mike Martino (10) drives to the basket during the Slaters' 67-36 win over Moravian Academy in a game played at Bangor. PHOTO GALLERY Sbtt Photo Julie Poliskiewicz
A Staffordshire police officer who thought he'd stumbled on a major consignment of cannabis was embarrassed to discover his haul was potpourri.
The un-named officer had been called out to a parcel sorting depot after staff reported several suspicious packages.
Upon arrival he was shown several large cardboard boxes which had been returned from an address in the south of England.
The strange aroma coming from the boxes convinced the officer that he had stumbled upon a large quantity of drugs.
He seized all the boxes which filled his entire police car and hastily made his way back to the police station.
The officer then spent 30 minutes unloading all the boxes into the report writing room and informing his colleagues that he may have found a huge amount of drugs.
The officer even requested the presence of a drugs dog which was diverted from a distance of 20 miles away.
But when the boxes were opened, the dog showed very little interest in the 8kg of pot potpourri discovered inside.
The officer then spent the next hour packaging up his find and sheepishly returned back to the parcel depot with his catch
Pen Argyl Academic Wall of Fame Nominations
It is time for the Pen Argyl High School Alumni Association to select the 2015 Inductees to the Academic Wall of Fame.
This honor is bestowed on a select number of graduates or past district educators each year who have distinguished themselves through community service, academic accomplishments, as well as, advancements in their chosen profession. The creation of this distinction was to set an example of what is possible for all present and future Pen Argyl students!
This honor is different from the PAHS Athletic Hall of Fame where chosen Alumni are honored for their athletic contributions while at Pen Argyl High School.
Anyone can nominate a PAHS graduate for the Academic Wall of Fame honor. Our Academic Wall of Fame Inductees have made a meaningful contribution to the world around them, and the Pen Argyl Alumni Association is proud to bestow this honor. To nominate a graduate, please contact Jim or Heather Hunter at 610-863-9443 or send an e-mail to email@example.com The deadline for nominations is February 20, 2015.
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