The Great Gulf
Online readers respond to "The Fish That Got Away," by Katharine Shilcutt, August 11:
Wow: Really awesome article! Thorough, well written and seemingly well researched. Congratulations on a damn fine job!
Nice article: And if you think bluefin tuna had a dramatic perception change, look up lobster's history. They used to be considered trash, as well.
Not convinced: "The Japanese deem the Gulf of Mexico to be a toilet," says Carl Rosa. "Even though that's absolutely unfair." Why is this "absolutely" unfair? You give us examples of our ignorant misconceptions, and the best argument in favor is "the fish aren't swimming in Ozarka." Sorry. As much as the Press likes to laugh at East Texas and Pasadena — that sewer water goes some place. When I read a warning (yearly) to avoid raw Gulf oysters, I think I know where the waste is going. And while I don't have a degree in marine biology, it seems I read that flounder are bottom-feeders, just like oysters. I think a stronger defense could have been crafted than "try it, everybody else is doing it."
Bycatch believer: We had ceviche at Xuco Xicana last week made from bycatch fish. It was excellent! JJ and other local chefs have started a trend which I hope carries over into sushi.
Worldwide problem: Sewage runoff is a serious issue, and one that can and does affect coastal seafood sources. But sewage and industrial pollution occurs in all coastal areas of the world and is not magically limited to the Gulf of Mexico. I agree that the issue is important, but no more or less than anywhere else.
All waters of the world are in trouble — no exceptions. The quicker we realize this, the better we can react. Singling out the Gulf makes no sense.
Untapped bounties: I think this article also helps illustrate fishing practices in the Gulf in general. I have spoken to Gulf fishermen who sadly cannot supply fish that are found in abundance in the Gulf because of fishing rules largely dictated by more powerful lobbies than the chefs who want particular fish for their menus. From what I have been told, the shrimp lobby has created systems restricting many kinds of fishing. As a result, staggering amounts of fish that would be outstanding for restaurant use, like sardines and red mullet, are left to die on boat decks and docks because the shrimp lobby has pushed for laws prohibiting net catching of these smaller fish. Seems like something that needs to be examined and changed.
Annoying misconception: All oceans are connected. Houston is not the only city in the world with water treatment plants and industrial sectors that produce pollution that is eventually deposited into the water.
The misconception that the Gulf of Mexico is "dirty" has been annoying my whole life, and it's truly shocking how many locals believe this to be true, mostly on the basis that "it just looks dirty." The clarity of the water in Galveston is not an accurate measure of the purity of the water. There are other factors that create that appearance — look it up sometime.
I've been a fisherman of Gulf Coast fish since about age eight, mostly inshore species, and have always wondered why these delicious fish are not used for sushi.
This article makes perfect sense — thanks for the interesting read.
Online readers comment on "Mean Girls vs. the Maids," by Karina Longworth, August 11:
Not these stories again: Can't a movie be made where the enfranchisement of blacks isn't dependent on the kindness of a white person?
New subject, please: I am tired of these kinds of stories about blacks. There are so many other stories about black culture, black contributions and black struggles to be told that would paint a better and more clear picture of the black experience. And, given that initially, the only roles blacks could get in films involved them portraying maids, servants or slaves, you'd think that by now, Hollywood would pick a new subject. I think this movie is a setback, and while I expect it to do well in the box office, I believe that its success will be due to a largely non-black audience. Blacks have had enough of this.
Online readers comment on "Sports-Talk 1560 Loses Another Veteran: Lance Zierlein Calls It Quits at The Game, Heads to 790," Hair Balls blog, by Jeff Balke, August 12:
RIP 1560: You had a good run, but ended up killing yourself and doing what you swore you would never do.
Terrible move by KGOW: Yahoo Sports Network? And I thought CBS radio was awful. Lance was the nucleus of that show. Granato is a stuttering hack, and the ratings will plummet. It will be off the air in three years. Good luck, Lance. You made it awesome.
Double Rods, 1560: Local sports is what we as listeners want and need. You just lost your identity, and thus you are losing me as a listener.
Perry for President
Online readers comment on "Let the PerryMania Begin!!" Hair Balls blog, by Richard Connelly, August 11:
Win-win: Does this mean that we are finally through with him as our state's governor? If so, then there will be much good that comes out of all of this. We might get a non-corrupt governor, and Perry will go down in flames. Definitely a win-win!
Funny: I find it laughable that this is the same guy who wanted to secede from the Union. Now he wants to be President of it? Good riddance, Boss Tweed. He can take his hair and his cronies to DC.
Prediction: I think Perry is in for a rude awakening. You can hide in Texas, where people will vote for you because you have an (R) next to your name, but on the national level people are going to want answers. When was the last time he actually debated someone? Seriously.
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!
Houston Press scores a win with a sports story
Chasen Marshall, a former staffer for the Houston Press, has won first place in the National Association of Black Journalists' Salute to Excellence in the Sports category for his cover feature, "Fifth Ward Saints."
Marshall's first-place finish was announced at the NABJ national convention earlier this month.