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In Mosquito Lagoon everything’s dead, even alligators

Posted by feww on January 12, 2010

Cold SW Florida Waters Kill Thousands of Snook

Florida’s record-low temperatures are proving deadly not only for crops, but game fish, too.

Cold water has killed thousands of snook, one of Florida’s most popular game fish, with many other fish species expected to perish soon, News-Press reported.

“There’s a reason snook’s general distribution doesn’t go north of Tampa,” the report quoted the head of Mote Marine Laboratory’s Charlotte Harbor Field Station as saying.

“This kind of cold can put a hurt on the snook population. A lot of people are reporting large fish, and that could affect the spawning stock.”

“Snook are extremely sensitive to the cold: Lethal water temperatures are 48.2 to 57.2 degrees for juvenile snook and 42.8 to 53.6 degrees for adults.” the report said, adding that the water temperatures reached lows of 47.2 at Shell Point and 46 at Blind Pass, Monday morning.

Dead snook have been found at Captiva, North Captiva, North Fort Myers, Pine Island, Sanibel,  Oak Hill near New Smyrna Beach, the Indian River Lagoon, Waccasassa Bay near Cedar Key, Mosquito Lagoon (north of Cape Canaveral), and Tampa Bay, the report said.

“I just talked to a guide who fishes Mosquito Lagoon, north of Cape Canaveral, and he said everything’s dead, even alligators … This is a dramatic event. It could take snook five years to recover from it.”The report quoted Rick Roberts, executive director of the Snook Foundation, as saying.

Dead cowfish, filefish, gag grouper, hardhead catfish, mojarra, mullet and tarpon have also been found by marine researchers at Tarpon Bay, the report said.

Read the full report HERE.

‘Florida agriculture has an economic impact over $87 billion annually.’

“From our citrus groves, to our fields to our tropical fish ponds, initial reports indicate we seen some of the most damaging weather Florida’s experienced in more than a decade,” Republican Rep. Adam Putnam of Bartow

Read Putnam letter to Agriculture Secretary HERE.

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But Will It Prevent Food Riots in the US?

Posted by feww on May 1, 2008

‘Clean’ Energy Scam: U.S. senator seeks to freeze ethanol requirement

ASHINGTON (Reuters) – Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is drawing up legislation to cap the U.S. renewable fuels requirement at 2008 levels – 9 billion gallons per year. Texas ranches are home to 2.8 million head of cattle. Cattle and poultry producers rely on grain for feed and have been hit hard by skyrocketing corn prices.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry petitioned the federal government to cut its renewable fuel requirement by 50 percent this year to break the vicious circle of grain price hikes.

Corn Belt lawmakers such as Iowa’s Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, whose state farmers are profiting handsomely from the soaring grains prices, have vowed to combat any legislative attempt to reduce or postpone the renewable fuels mandate.

A tiny sliver of transitional rain forest is surrounded by hectares of soybean fields in the Mato Grosso state, Brazil. (Caption: TIME). Photo:  John Lee / Aurora Select for TIME. (Image may be subject to copyright). See FEWW Fair Use Notice!

President [sic] George W. Bush said on Tuesday he is deeply concerned about high food prices but believes ethanol production is responsible for only a small part [sic] of food inflation.

“And the truth of the matter is, it’s in our national interest that we—our farmers—grow energy, as opposed to us purchasing energy from parts of the world that are unstable or may not like us.”

The new energy law calls for the production of 9 billion gallons of biofuel in 2008 and 10.5 billion gallons next year, and a rise to 36 billion gallons in 2022 – with ethanol supply from corn capped at 15 billion gallons.

About 26 percent of corn production would be diverted to make biofuel in 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The grain prices hit record highs breaking above $6.50 a bushel. (Source)

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