Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Monday, January 28, 2013: Totally crappy out there, as I, along with too many others, suffer from the dreaded flu-like symptoms. It has rocked my world – and I do look suspiciously at any number of carriers who might have infected me.
One of the weirdest angles on this bug is the lightheadedness, and teetering thought patterns. Don’t even try to interpret dreams while under the grip of this mind-kicking ailment.
My suffering is part of my weekly column. Here’s a sample:
I was typing away at my desk a couple days back and had this sense that something was nearby, sorta homing in on me. I looked around the office but only saw a lone silverfish making a harried run for a crack in the wallpaper. I spotted nothing. But feeling hung around. And then it attacked.
Turns out a horrific bug had, in fact, snuck into the room. It latched onto me like a pissed-at-the-world tigerbeetle.
By the next day, my nose didn’t begin simply running, it became an Ethiopian long-distance sprinter.
Out of the blue, my stomach began bitching about everything in sight, warning me, “If you ever so much as think of food again, I swear you’ll be wearing it.”
My eyes simply gave up the focusing ghost and kept trying to climb back into the sockets to hide.
My head took up Ping-Pong -- slamming glowing balls of pain from one side of the cerebral court to the other.
Then came the whooping: deep-throated, lungish and inescapable. With what little remained of me, I issued forth sounds identical to those made by a wildebeest being eaten alive by three lionesses.
So: Anyone out there got some spare pity? And not that stinkin’ line: “Yep, there’s somethin’ goin’ around.” Who gives a rat’s ass what’s goin’ where? I’m sinkin’ like an influenza stone here.
Tea!? That’s your frickin’ final solution? Then, let me query, oh, apothecarial sage, shall I dip the bag into hot water once, twice or trice?
I must thank the sympathetic stars for Facebook, whoever the hell they are.
All that need be done is weakly open to that website and softly, feebly comment that you’re sick as sin – and, almost immediately, the sympathy flows like rivers of chamomile, geysers of semi-anonymous compassion. It’s like a flotilla of cottony grandmothers begins to hover overhead, leaning over to feel my forehead.
Of course, no sooner are you splendiferously sympathized upon – crowned with verbal dollops of soft-eyed attention -- than cyber word arrives, just above, that a kitten and fawn have been photographed, cuddled together, during a wildfire in California. The entire crowd abandons my suffering and runs, hog-wild, to the others side of the Facebook ship. It all but capsizes, as “OMG! How cute!”s flood in like a wave of adoptable bunnies.
Even Warhol couldn’t have foreseen things being reduced to a mere 15 seconds of fame – and sympathy.
Here’s an interesting read on bluefin tuna recovery elsewhere in the world. Is it a true “miraculous” recovery or is the entire biomass of tuna in one confined area of Australia due to forage?
[Perth Now] - January 28, 2013 -
Fishermen are enjoying the best southern bluefin tuna catches for 30 years around the South Australian coast following a dramatic recovery of the species.
The Port Lincoln tuna industry has already caught more than half its annual tuna quota - compared with 20 per cent in previous seasons - and expects the value of the annual farmed harvest to lift by 25 per cent to more than $200 million this year.
Recreational fishermen are also reporting the best tuna fishing for decades, catching plentiful hauls of up to 20kg along the coast near towns including Victor Harbor, Cape Jervois, Marion Bay and Port Lincoln.
Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association chief executive Brian Jeffriess said the recovery of tuna stocks had provided the best catching season since 1982 when the wild-catch tuna industry was in its heyday.
Mr Jeffriess said the end of Japanese over-fishing in 2007-08 had coincided with the rapid recovery in tuna stock. Prospects are good for the medium-term with scientists increasing the catch quota again in 2013 and flagging a further 10 per cent rise next year.
"This will underpin the industry, the tuna stock and the sector for the next decade," Mr Jeffriess said.
"Part of the reason that there are so many tuna is that the sardine stock is so good and it is the feed which attracts the tuna so close to Port Lincoln. The management of the sardine stock is world-class and a credit to the industry and the SA Government," he said.
But Mr Jeffriess said the weakness of the Japanese yen against the Australian dollar was a major problem.
"The bigger long-term concern is Australia's failure to finalise free trade agreements with Korea, China, and Japan," he said.
"Our competitors have agreements in these markets, and are benefiting from lower import tariffs and freedom from non-tariff barriers."