SWJ goes (more) mobile

(Note: this post is “sticky;” new posts are below)

A few people have asked me why I changed the theme & layout of The Saltwater Journal.

Simplicity, for one. I just want a simple look to the site. This theme allows me to not worry about featured images & video thumbnails and such.

But mainly, it’s for readers & visitors on mobile devices. This theme allows for a nice, easy-reading layout on mobile devices, and the pale grey background isn’t hard on the eyes in low-light conditions.

That’s it, end of story.

I hope you like the cleaner, simpler and more mobile-friendly look.

Have a great weekend, and be good to each other.

– MT

19. December 2014 by Mat Trevors
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Video: The Coast

I don’t surf, nor am I inclined to ever attempt to surf, but I admit it’s sometimes damn cool to watch – especially in the video below.

The Coast is a six-minute video short with great cinematography and great images – definitely more “the ocean is awesome” than “gnarly wave, dude!”

Check out The Coast below.

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13. January 2015 by Mat Trevors
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Trailer: The Unknown Sea

Enjoy the trailer for The Unknown Sea: A Voyage on the Salish.

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Visit the webpage for The Unknown Sea here.

22. December 2014 by Mat Trevors
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Salish Sea & salmon not glowing

A good article in the Coast Reporter on testing for radioactivity associated with the Fukushima leak in the Salish Sea:

As the first batches of seawater samples collected by citizen scientists along the B.C. coast are being analyzed in Victoria, the results of radiation testing on 19 sockeye salmon and steelhead samples have come back negative for Fukushima-related contamination. And tests conducted so far this year on water samples from Prince Rupert to Victoria have also found B.C.’s inshore waters to be Fukushima-free.



“We weren’t able to detect cesium-134 which is the signature of Fukushima (due to its two-year half-life), but when we added all the signals together we did see some cesium-137, which is left over from nuclear weapons testing,” project leader Jay Cullen, a chemical oceanographer at the University of Victoria, said in an interview last week.


The residual amount of cesium-137 present in B.C. fish from weapons testing fallout in the 20th century is not considered a health risk to consumers, according to Health Canada.

The article goes on to cover a little bit of the stuff I hold near & dear to my heart: unnecessary fear-mongering by idiots (my term, not the newspapers):

The negative test results don’t convince everyone, however.


“I get emails from people saying that all of the organisms are gone from our Pacific waters, and it’s from Fukushima-related activity.”


Cullen said he understands people’s fears about radioactivity, and acknowledged it’s “clear that there are changes happening in our ocean ecosystem.” But the “insults to our environment” that appear to be stressing marine organisms, he said, are factors such as overfishing, ocean acidification, industrial pollutants and invasive species.


“As a scientist, I look for evidence, and we don’t see radionuclides from Fukushima in the evidence. I get accused of saying everything’s fine, and that’s not what I’m saying at all. The oceans are not in tip-top shape.”


The problem with “individuals who for whatever reasons are convinced that Fukushima is killing our oceans,” he said, is that it distracts from actions that can be taken to address provable harms to B.C.’s marine environment.

For the full article via the Coast Reporter, click here.

19. December 2014 by Mat Trevors
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The Friday Music Post: Rich Aucoin

Well hey there.

Hope y’all like the new look of The Saltwater Journal – though don’t expect a new look to mean I’ll be back posting frequently.

Here’s a fun track from Rich Aucoin to launch your weekend.

Have a great weekend, everyone. Be good to each other.

– MT

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05. December 2014 by Mat Trevors
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Roosterfish: In Search of Grande

The trailer for In Search of Grande, the epic tale of dudes chasing epic roosterfish in Mexico’s Baja.

21. November 2014 by Mat Trevors
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John Oliver on the salmon cannon

’nuff said…


12. November 2014 by Mat Trevors
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The Seagull or the Sardine

Here’s a cool spearfishing vid called ‘The Seagull or the Sardine,’ as in “I’m not sure whether I’m the seagull or the sardine yet.”

Much like my saying, “Some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue.”

Hat tip to The Scuttlefish (i.e., the website that is simultaneously my muse and my nemesis) for the find.

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Enjoy the video.

– MT

PS – Don’t call this a comeback post – it’s far too half-assed.

12. November 2014 by Mat Trevors
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Thanksgivin’er Hiatus

I’m soon off to the opposite side of the continent to visit with family & friends for what’s known up here in Canadaland as Thanksgivin’er weekend.

Two of my best friends are getting married, with the festivities held at my long-time second home – and the home of my extended family – the local rugby club.

Then it’s off to see the immediate family, where my folks will have all three of their boys sitting down to Thanksgivin’er dinner with their grandmother for the first time in I dunno how long.

Posting here will be taking a backseat – even more than usual – as there’s no laptop coming on this trip. Even the tablet & its near-limitless ebook library is on the maybe-not pile; working through the hardcover of Dan Barber’s The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food* during travel & down time is my goal.

I’m not going as far as declaring a full-on digital detox, though: y’all know there’s a solid chance I’ll be bitching about air travel on Twitter or deciding I really need to “Instagram that shit” while I’m galavanting across the country.

So yeah, I’ll be back on here…whenever… Keep it real. Enjoy some Japandroids below.

And happy Thanksgivin’er.

– MT

* – The only issue with that plan is the size of hardcover of The Third Plate exceeds the airline’s carryon luggage size limit. Seriously. Fuckin’ thing’s huge.

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06. October 2014 by Mat Trevors
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The Friday Music Post: Radiohead

This week’s Friday Music Post features Radiohead. Just because.

Happy Friday!

– MT

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26. September 2014 by Mat Trevors
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