Following National Geographic Channel’s announcement of its upcoming TV show, “Wicked Tuna,” and my consequent slam, I received a phone call inviting me to Nat Geo headquarters. Our discussion seemed a big improvement over their press release. Yes, really.
As announced, this show will feature commercial fishing for bluefin tuna. With or without the cameras, those boats kill fish. And these fish are spectacular. They’re half-ton warm-blooded animals capable of swimming at highway speeds and crossing oceans.
The global bluefin tuna enterprise is perhaps the most bizarre — certainly the most controversial — fishery in the world. They are classified “endangered” by the global union of conservation scientists; their problem arises with sushi dealers in Japan who pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for one fish. The insane prices stimulate intense overfishing; and — like Mitt Romney’s tax rate — it’s all perfectly legal.
Well, not perfectly. Much of the fishing is done with enormous nets and twenty-five mile “long-lines” dangling hundreds of baited hooks (they also hook endangered turtles and endangered albatrosses). A lot of bluefin tuna fishing is illegal. Bluefin catches greatly exceed the legal limit in the eastern Atlantic, Mediterranean, and southwest Pacific, and even the legal limit is far above what scientists recommend, all because of the corrupting influence of those insane prices.
In the U.S. and Canada, boats fish under probably the tightest and best-policed limits in the world. In one sector of the fishery, people use rods-and-reels (big ones), and it’s possible for those smaller-scale rod-and-reelers to turn a profit while killing relatively few fish per boat (there are a lot of those boats, and it adds up, but let’s move on).
The Nat Geo show will focus on several of those boats from Gloucester, Massachusetts. In Gloucester, everything about fishing is tense with the brutalizing baggage of centuries of deadly weather, generations of fish depletion, and recently, heavy regulations. For many who fish for a living, the high-stakes tension that wires their lives is the grind between the risk of putting themselves out of business through overfishing (there’s been a lot of that), or getting put out of business by government regulations designed to let the fish populations breathe long enough to recover. Those regulations are probably the best hope for the next generation, a fact that does not 龙凤网站
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It’s not every day one sees a fully-functional smart city, given crumbling urban infrastructure in many countries, so a visit to a metropolitan area that runs well and serves its residents efficiently is a delightful sight for sore eyes.
The Finnish capital of Helsinki is such a model, notably its Smart Kalasatama district – an experimental innovation platform to co-create smart infrastructure and services.
Construction in the district is ongoing and encourages the piloting of very dynamic endeavors.
It will be fully developed by 2030 to house 20,000 people and provide 8,000 jobs but already has 3,000 pioneering residents living in it.
Its growth comes about through the cooperation of city officials, companies, citizens and other stakeholders. The city owns all the lands and leases them to investors with an eye to private investment and a push to get private partners to provide new services.
Smart Kalasatama is by the sea and used to be a commercial harbor area.
The vision for this urban district is to help free residents of one more hour a day from their everyday chores through co-creation, agile piloting, local smart services, and resource efficiency.
It’s the Internet of Things (IoT) at its best.
The smart district is being developed through experimenting, information and communications technologies (ICTs) and the use of data.
Apps are developed through co-creation.