This week, Major League Baseball’s All-Star game will be played at Citi Field in New York. If you’re a baseball fan, you’ll enjoy the annual gathering of the sport’s best players. And if you’re an investor, you may be able to take away some valuable lessons from the All-Stars — lessons that can prove valuable […]
A few weeks ago, I posted a photo on Facebook of my first eggplant successfully grown in my hoop house. To say I was proud of this eggplant would be a huge understatement. But rather than gushing praise from my fellow gardeners, I got a single comment from a growing sage. “Feed that plant,” she wrote. “It’s hungry.” I looked at the photo again. The lower leaves of the eggplant were yellow and spotted with brown. The entire plant was lackluster. The eggplant was lovely, but the observation was right on. This plant needed sustenance. Every year there are plants that for one reason or another fail to thrive. Each plant likes different soil conditions, moisture levels, etc. to do its very best, and despite our efforts to create the most nourishing soil, sometimes they just need more.
Every year in early July, thousands of people “run with the bulls” in Pamplona, Spain. While the event is exciting, it is also hazardous, and many runners have gotten badly injured over the years. As an investor, you may find that running with the herd is dangerous to you, too — because if you’re constantly […]
Alaska spends more than $20 million on fish feed each year for its 35 salmon hatcheries — feed that comes primarily from anchovies caught in South America. Meanwhile, Alaska seafood processing companies produce more than 200,000 tons of fishmeal each year — for customers in Asia.
Last year, 33 million fish — 20 percent of the total Alaska salmon harvest — originated in hatcheries; in some years, the figure has topped 30 percent. At Prince William Sound, for example, 73 percent of the salmon catch originated in local hatcheries.
This week, we celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, sparklers, picnics and parades. Amidst the hoopla, though, it’s always important to reflect on the many freedoms we enjoy in this country. And as an individual, you may want to use the occasion to think of another type of independence you’d like to enjoy — financial independence. […]
Truth be known, I was a pretty sub-standard gardener until plasticulture came into my life. But I don’t actually attribute my success to the plastic coverings despite the precious Alaska solar gain near my plants. I attribute the shift entirely to the watering system I installed the first year I put up a hoop house.
Here’s the difference. In the old days, I would use a hose to fill up a watering can and walk around for about a half-hour watering every little plant by hand. When I did it, it was pretty fun — kind of meditative and it kept me connected with my plants. The big problem, however, was how often I actually did it — that is to say, not nearly often enough.
Are you traveling abroad this summer? If so, you won’t be alone. Increasingly, Americans seem to have gotten the “travel bug.” In fact, over one-third of the population now holds valid passports, according to the U.S. Department of State. Of course, seeing the world can help broaden our horizons in many aspects of life — […]
It’s back to the drawing board for halibut iTags that will soon tell us more about where the fish travels than ever before.
The internal tags, which were deployed in 30 halibut two years ago, were the first to test Smart Phone geomagnetic advances to track the migrations of fish. The tags record magnetic field strength on three axises and have accelerometers and pitch and roll detectors, explained Tim Loher, a biologist with the International Pacific Halibut Commission.
“Without being able to tell whether or not your tag is horizontal, you can’t really get the axis of the magnetism. The invention of the iPhone pointed the way to make the pitch and roll detectors small enough to put in fish tags,” he said.
At long last, summer is almost here — which may mean it’s time to put together your traveling plans. Still, while you and your family may enjoy going a summertime trip, there’s one part of your life that should not go on vacation — and that’s your investment portfolio. So, what can you do to […]
Amid the salmon fisheries starting up all across the state, several Alaska crab seasons also get underway each summer. In mid June, the summer Dungeness crab fishery opens in the panhandle, as does red king crab at Norton Sound. Those are followed in August by golden kings along the far flung Aleutian Islands, which might soon take the title as Alaska’s largest king crab fishery.
Unlike other Bering Sea crab stocks, surveys on golden kings have been limited due to distance and high costs. The deep water stocks have sustained a fishery for 30 years, but managers aren’t sure about what’s really going on down there.