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April 10, 2007

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DWPittelli

If I may make a plug for a local (nonprofit) organization: The Hoosuck chapter of Trout Unlimited is working on getting a dam removed from the North Branch of the Hoosic River (in Clarksburg, behind Cascades School Supplies). This should considerably improve habitat for our native brook trout. Of course, it takes a couple years or so for engineering studies and funding to come through, before doing the actual work.

http://www.hoosucktu.org/
We meet next on Monday April 30, at 6:30, at the Shipper's Office - Western Gateway Heritage State Park - North Adams

GreenmanTim

How true, CV, how very true. One of the biggest challenges that environmentalists face(and others making tough choices)is assessing the relative and importance of disimilar but valued things. There's an old facilitator's technique called pairwise ranking that sets up a matrix of all the values and important objectives of a group, then asks them all to rate their relative importance to eachother across the matrix. When done out loud, as a group, the real creamy issues rise to the surface and those good but lessor objectives are also self-evident. I should really do this with my extended family as we assess our conservation/financial/familial goals for Windrock. How much is that extra $100,000 worth if it means plowing up the ladyslippers and driving by a house in the woods? Lots of opinions on that topic right now, and everyone adds it up differently. Bring on the flip charts!

Miss Chestnuts, I shall certainly "Consider the Eel" and thanks for the book recommendation!

TourMarm, I may be the only gourmand in my family adventurous enough to attempt Christmas Eels, but if I then served them to my family on Christmas I'd ensure that I'd be dining alone thereafter!

Charlottesvillain

Hmmm, Eel! Among my favorite delicasies of the deep.

Down here in C'ville there has been a debate about the removal of an old dam on the Rivanna River, which impedes the migration of Shad. I think they have decided to proceed with removal, although if I recall correctly the debate pitted the Shad advocates against other enviornmentalists concerned about the subsequent release of silt backed up as a result of the dam, and its effects downstream.

As in all aspects of policy, and life, these things are always more complicated, and involve more tradeoffs, than the semi-informed can possibly imagine.

Miss Chestnuts

"Consider the Eel" by Richard Schweid is "The Cod" of eeldom. I thought it was a compelling narrative of the decline of that species (and in turn, all the others). It includes a little discussion of Robberecht Seafod too.

The Tour Marm

This was a very interesting post.

My father's family is from Westmoreland County, VA and shortly after World War II, George Robberecht settled in the county and set up an eel business on Nomini (Nom-min-eye) Creek between Hague and Montross.

It's a fantastic place tucked in a very rural and historic area.

the county regularly monitors his operation (and other commercial and residential sites) for pollutants in the creek, which is part of the Chesapeake Watershed.

You might find this interesting:
NYT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 1994; Christmas Eels

Americans like chestnuts roasted on an open fire. Over in Italy, they like to cook up a mess of eels, which is fortunate for Maurice Bosse, below, of Montross, Va. Up and down the East Coast, fishermen trap eels, but there's a minuscule domestic market. In Asia and Europe, however, the slippery fish are smoked, barbecued and stewed. As vice president and manager of George Robberecht Seafoods Inc., Bosse sends as much as 35,000 pounds of eels a week (and alive) by air -- "The eels are kept cool in waxed cardboard boxes" -- to Frankfurt, from which they're trucked to Holland, Belgium, France and Italy. He also likes to sample his product. "I prefer them stewed with greens and herbs," Bosse says. "Stewed eels are a real treat."

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