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Beyond Data


For the past decade Beyond Data Podcast host Ret Talbot has been a freelance journalist and science writer reporting on fisheries at the intersection of science and sustainability. He frequently uses the hashtag #datamatter because, well, they do. But what happens when the data simply don’t exist, are insufficient or unavailable? What happens when so-called alternative facts are considered just facts and people operate under the impression that the plural of anecdote is indeed data? How do we reach consensus when everyone espouses his or her own data—his or her own facts? In the Beyond Data Podcast, Talbot and his guests go where he's often been unwilling to go in his reporting--beyond data.

Oct 19, 2017

Episode 1 - Toadfish: A Cautionary Tale

In the 1990s, commercial landings of a data deficient, unregulated fish in New York waters increased by more than 300 percent in a single year without fisheries managers taking note and assessing the sustainability of the fishery or its effects on other fisheries. How did this happen, and could it happen again in the face of climate change, the culinary trash fish movement and developing international markets? Host Ret Talbot and his guests go beyond the data in a quest to answer these and other questions.

Links

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

"Toward Reassessing Data-Deficient Species"

"Why IUCN Should Replace “Data Deficient” Conservation Status with a Precautionary “Assume Threatened” Status"

New York's Wildlife Action Plan

Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP)

NOAA Fisheries Commercial Landings Data

Guests

William Darwall, IUCN

Richard Federico, Long Island Bayman

Ed Warner, Long Island Bayman

Max Miller, The Landings Restaurant

Carl LoBue, The Nature Conservancy

Wayne Grothe, The Nature Conservancy 

Julie Defilippi Simpson, Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program

David Kimbro, Northeastern University

John Maniscalco, NY Department of Environmental Conservation

Images

Long Island Oyster Toadfish by Adam Stark

Long Island Oyster Toadfish by Adam Starke

Monkfish (Blackfin Goosefish) - NOAA's Fisheries Collection; Collection of Brandi Noble

Monkfish - NOAA's Fisheries Collection; Collection of Brandi Noble

Chef Max Miller Face to Face with His First Oyster Toadfish

Chef Max Miller Comes Face to Face with His First Oyster Toadfish

Oyster Toadfish

Oyster Toadfish (Opsanus tau)

Chef Max Miller with Oyster Toadfish

Chef Max Miller Sizing Up His First Oyster Toadfish

Chef Max Miller Lobster-Bushi

Chef Max Miller's Lobster Bushi

Chef Max Miller Toadfish Dish

Chef Max Miller's Toadfish Preparation

NY DEC Peconic Bay Trawl Survey Data for Oyster Toadfish

NY DEC Peconic Bay Trawl Survey Data for Oyster Toadfish

Thanks

Jake Kritzer, Environmental Defense Fund

Avery Federico

Clay Groves, The Fish Nerds Podcast

Music by Andy G. Cohen

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