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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dying for Abalone: Why a California Delicacy Has Become Lethal

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 10:10 AM

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  • LHG Creative Photography/Flickr

A 56-year-old San Francisco man (still unidentified until the family is contacted) drowned while diving for abalone near Mendocino on Sunday, according to Santa Rosa’s Press Democrat. It’s the eighth abalone death of the Northern California season, which is on the high end of average — most years there are five or six.

To the uninitiated, it seems a bizarre phenomenon. Although hobbies like surfing and traditional ocean fishing certainly come with risks, abalone diving is laden with extra hazards these days because California’s historic obsession with the coastal gastropod conflicts with our storied eco-friendliness.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

San Francisco Is Discharging the City's Only Public Shooting Range

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

No more wabbit hunting for San Francisco? - JOE SHLABOTNIK VIA FLICKR
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  • No more wabbit hunting for San Francisco?

We know how much San Francisco leaders love to hate guns. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is evicting San Francisco's only public shooting range, after 78 years on the shores of Lake Merced.


The Pacific Rod and Gun Club may get booted from its firing range come Aug. 15, now that the city is increasing rent by 900 percent, Fred Tautenhahn, spokesman for the club tells SF Weekly

Tautenhahn explains that the club's monthly rent was $4,200 as of May. But in June, the city raised it to $5,000 -- almost a 20 percent increase. And now, the city is asking for $50,000 per month.

Tautenhahn said this came as a "total surprise to us. We have been negotiating in good faith now for over six months."


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Friday, March 30, 2012

San Francisco Bay-Delta Longfin Smelt Could Become Extinct

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 2:00 PM

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service needs you and conservation partners to help save the dwindling San Francisco Bay-Delta longfin smelt population.

Once the most abundant fish population in the San Francisco Bay-Delta, the state says the 4-to-6-inch estuarine fish are at a record low for the first time in 40 years, and the species is headed toward extinction. As a result, officials have declared it a candidate for the Endangered Species Act.

Although this move will not impose any new restrictions, state law still makes permits mandatory for anyone taking the fish. The fish is joining another 200-plus species across the country that have been deemed in danger, but are in line behind other priority listings.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Gone Fishing -- See You on Tuesday!

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2011 at 5:00 PM

We've already been playing this song nonstop since we woke up. Why? Because we're about to take a three-day weekend. We'll be back in action first thing Tuesday morning. In the meantime, here are a few things you may have missed this week:

Californians Aren't Killing Each Other as Much as They Used To

Bryan Stow Family Sues Dodgers over 'Lax Security'

Muni Driver Assaulted with Skateboard, Police Arrest Three Teens

Junk Food Vendors at Marin High School Get Caught Up in Food Fight

Buster Posey's Injury Could End His Season After Smash-Up at Home Plate

Mayor Ed Lee Is the Best Short Short-Timer at City Hall

See everyone on Tuesday!

Follow us on Twitter at @TheSnitchSF and @SFWeekly.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Petrale Sole and Sand Dabs: Are They Sustainable Seafood?

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 2:46 PM

The Pacific sand dab: sustainable?
  • The Pacific sand dab: sustainable?

Part of today's SF Weekly cover story, "Go Fish," tries to find an answer to that very question. And we take issue with some of what's been purveyed lately as the conventional wisdom on what local fish you should be eating.

In February, San Francisco magazine made a splash with a lengthy story, "The New School of Fish," that examined restaurants' adherence to environmental standards in their choice of fish.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Video: Drain Fishing in San Francisco with Kirk Lombard

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 6:47 PM



In this week's cover story, "Go Fish," we tag along with local seafood-foraging guru Kirk Lombard as he scours the shores of the Bay Area for night smelt, monkeyface eels, rock cod, surf perch, and more. The story also examines Lombard's driving ethos of local seafood consumption, and how this applies to San Francisco's embattled commercial fisheries and the much-discussed notion of "sustainable" seafood.

Among Lombard's more entertaining fishing exploits is the spectacle of "drain fishing." Check out the video above, in which he lowers his line into a storm drain in Mission Bay, emerging with a fine rock cod. (The fish was thrown back. Lombard doesn't recommend consuming roc-fish that dwell on the shoreline of the southeastern city, where they are potentially exposed to urban pollution.)

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Are Oysters Dying Out?

Posted By on Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 12:17 PM

No more oysters? Zut alors!
  • No more oysters? Zut alors!

Oysters can definitively be counted among Things San Franciscans Love. Whether opening our wallets for those tasty bivalves at the Ferry Building or taking a Zipcar up to Tomales Bay for a picnic of raw shellfish, we show our love for the oyster in countless ways.

So it may come as news of no small import to you, San Franciscan, that oysters are dying out.

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