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