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Oct 19- 20

Stillwater Cove, Sonoma

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From our friends at DFG

Cleaning Abalone Before Traveling to Campsite?

Question: We love to camp at the Gerstle Cove Woodside Campground and eat abalone for dinner. Can we legally clean the abalone at the fish cleaning facility and then drive a mile back up to the campsite to cook them? I am sure the rangers would prefer the abalone guts to be at the cleaning station rather than to be put into the trash cans at the campsite to rot. However, it means driving a mile to the campsite in possession of abalone that are out of the shell. I am afraid the campground workers will not enjoy your answer. (Anonymous)

Answer: Abalone cannot be transported out of the shell. According to DFG Game Warden Tiffany Stinson, abalone should be cleaned at the campsite where they will be consumed. Place the trimmings and guts in a bag to throw away later. If you are stopped in transit with abalone removed from the shell, it will be a violation. The regulations state: Abalone Possession and Transportation: Abalones shall not be removed from their shell, except when being prepared for immediate consumption (CCR Title 14, Section 29.15(g).


Horny Dolphin Alert - Cayman Islands (editors note: I've seen a few dolphin/human humping videos, I won't show you the best, but yeah it does exist - watch the video)

The Cayman Islands Department of Environment is stepping up its appeal to the public to avoid feeding or interacting with an amorous solitary dolphin that has been approaching snorkellers, swimmers and scuba divers in the waters off Grand Cayman.



2,000-year-old Roman shipwreck discovered, food intact

One of the best preserved shipwrecks ever found has been discovered off the Italian coast.
Divers say they have discovered a ship off  the coast of Italy which they believe is about 2,000 years old.
The ship, which was found in the sea off the  town on Varazze in the province of Liguria, is thought to be a Roman-era  commercial vessel.

A search for the shipwreck was launched after  local fisherman revealed they kept finding pieces of pottery in their  nets.

The divers found the wreck so well preserved  even the food, still sealed in over 200 pots, is intact.
‘The peculiarity of this is that the wreck could be almost intact,’ Lt Col Francesco Schilardi of the police divers’ group  told the BBC.
‘We believe it dates to sometime between the 1st Century BC and the 1st Century AD,’ Researchers believe the mud on the seabed  protected the wreck. Test on some of the recovered jars revealed  they contained pickled fish, grain, wine and oil. The foodstuffs were traded in Spain for other  goods.
‘There are some broken jars around the wreck,  but we believe that most of the amphorae inside the ship are still sealed and  food filled,” said Lt. Col. Schilardi.
The ship is thought to have travelled on  trade routes between Spain and what is now central Italy and was loaded with  more than 200 clay amphorae likely to have contained fish, wine, oil and  grain.

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