Chicago Tribune from Chicago, Illinois on January 14, 1973 · 87
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Chicago Tribune from Chicago, Illinois · 87

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i PhironA TriKuna Cimif laiMiom .1,4 VI IIVUV I ILUI IWg UUI lUUJf f UUI IUUI J IT, I W ft section 3 11 Yes9 MrgM can m po isonoes Tins. DEPARTMENT has received calls and letters questioning whether or not there are "any fish that are poisonous." Apparently there was a discussion on a recent Chicago radio program about the toxicity of fish, and the participants assured listeners that "fish are good to eat and you can't get sick from fish." What brought the subject up, it seems, were the frequent reports over the last several years on the contamination of fresh water fish in certain areas with mercury, or with the residues of some pesticides such as DDT and PCB. People have been warned Iby health authorities not to eat too many fish from places such as Lake St. Clair at Detroit, the Wisconsin River, the Winnipeg River, and numerous Canadian lakes because the fish were found to contain dangerous amounts of mercury. Warnings also have been Issued at various times that people should avoid eating fatty por-tions of Lake Michigan salmon because the contained pesticide residues. IT IS true that certain of the news media grossly exaggerated early reports that Lake Michigan salmon, and fish in the Wisconsin River and certain Canadian waters were "contaminated" and unfit to eat. But it is untrue to report that no fish are poisonous. Fish from any of the Great Lakes, Lake St. Clair, and other polluted waters By Tom McNally are edible, but health authorities recommend certain restrictions on consuming fish from those areas such as having no more than one meal of such fish weekly. However, there are some kinds of fish in some places notably the Bahamas and Virgin Islands that definitely are poisonous, and, if eaten, can kill you!. Since many thousands of people fish in Florida, the South Atlantic, and thru the Caribbean especially in winter, they should know about the fish that can cause serious trouble-even death. BARRACUDA are a dell-cious fish, with firm, sweet meat but I wouldn't eat one anywhere, anytime. Anyone who has done much salt water fishing in the warm seas knows that barracuda are notorious for their toxicity. Even tho all barracuda are not poisonous, enough are that to eat even one would be foolish. Native fishermen at some Bahama islands will eat barracuda they catch on one side of a reef, but none caught on the other side. liiisiiiiiiiiM mm in or, ' 1 t I ( 3 i 1 - . y . i hi A Tribune Staff Photo by Tom McNally Florida skipper hoists freshly-caught barracuda aboard, but it will not be released not eaten. In many areas barracuda are toxic, as are' some other kinds of fish. Fish from any of the Great Lakes are edible, writes Tom McNally in accompanying article, but health authorities recommend certain restrictions on consuming fish from those areas such having no more than one meal of fish weekly. They know from experience that the 'cudas taken along one part of the reef are poi-' - sonous. The type of poisoning involved is called "ciguatera" Spanish, and is not caused by spoiled fish but may exist in perfectly fresh fish. To the marine biologist ciguaU tera is ichthyosarcotoxism, which broken means "fish-flesh-poisoning." THERE IS no way of determining by appearance Whether or not a fish is poisonous. However, the most common ciguatera producing species around North Ameri-. can shores are, as mentioned, the great barracuda, yellowfin grouper and am-berjack. Other species commonly causing ciguatera include cero mackerel, hog snapper wrasse, black snapper, and black grouper. And, unfortunately, those species are among the most flavorful. The origin of ciguatera is not known, but researchers believe that a blue-green algae, toxic in certain areas, is involved. , Symptoms of ciguatera normally occur within three hours of consuming a poisoned fish, and in-clude tingling sensations, numbness, nausea, weakness, muscular pain, even paralysis and a reversal of sensation for example, cold feels hot, hot feels cold. Ciguatera symptoms have been known to last for 25 years. Ciguatera is fatal in less than 10 per cent of its victims, and it occurs only among certain fish in certain specific areas. However, so many fish in the Virgin Island cause ciguatera that they have been unable to establish a commercial fishery there; not one hotel in the Virgins will serve fish caught there all they serve -are imported. Scientists of the Ciguatera Institute in the Virgin Islands are researching the problem. THE CHANCES of contracting ciguatera in most areas are nil; but it does exist and fishermen should know about it! When a native somewhere tells you not to eat a certain fish you've caught, then don't. Most particularly, don't eat barracuda. Regarding the ciguatera symptom "reversal of sensation" mentioned earlier, famed marine biologist Dr. Donald deSylva of Miami Marine Laboratory told me recently of seeing a young lady in a Miami bar suffering from ciguatera. "She was holding a glass of cold beer wrapped in a towel," said deSylva. "Obvi-ously the cold glass felt hot ' to her. It was apparent she had ciguatera, probably from barracuda, so I asked her Vhere'd you eat the barracuda?' "Astonished, she looked at me and replied: 'How'd you know?'"" Fishing, hunting notes , WISCONSIN conservation officers report there is good fishing now at Lake Winnebago, at Oshkosh, for sauger and walleyes. Panfisb are being taken there, also. Lake Puckaway in Green Lake County has good northern pike fishing, and Lake Mendota In Madison is not producing yellow perch for which it is best known but, instead, has fairly good walleye fishing. There are plump bluegills to be had at Mendota, too. Recent rainfall has 'put slush ice on many of the larger lakes and rivers, so ice anglers are advised to be cautious. Portions of the Mississippi River, and even smaller waterways, have i wide open channels. "Ice fishing has picked up considerably the last week," reports the Michigan Conservation Department. "Most lakes are producing lair to good catches of panfisb to fishermen using minnows or wax worms larvae of the fruit fly." Spearing of northern pike thro Ice boles Is still allowed In Michigan, but thus far spearers haven't been too successful and that's got to be good ncwg'vO the tens of Woods and waters By Tom McNally thousands of anglers who think northern pike should be taken by rod and reel and no other way. ."Most lakes have not settled down enough from recent rains to produce good pike spearing as the water is too murky," said a Michigan conservation officer. Great! I say, and here's hoping spearing conditions on pike remain bad all winter. , SOME GUNNERS stilt are not aware of it, but the Illi- nois Department of Conservation recently extended the current season on pheasants cocks only, rabbits, quail and Hungarian partridge to Jan. 81. . " The area around Grand Rapids and north Of Kalamazoo, Mich., incidentally, is giving some of the most remarkable rabbit hunting local sportsmen have en-, Joyed In many years. Same Is true of much of extreme lower Michigan. "Rabbit fntlng remains good thruout the district," said one conservation officer, "with probably the best areas in Muskegon, Ottawa, Ionia, and the northern half of Kent County." THE ANNUAL Chicago Sportsmen's and Vacation Show is scheduled for the Amphitheater Feb. 23-March In reporting in this space last Sunday that some out-doorsmen were recommending moving ice fishing to Florida, I have received several letters and telegrams of rebuke from Florida fishermen. One wire, from Key West, read In part: "... you must have ice in your head!" ... The federal government this year will distribute to the states a total of '$53,145,000 In federal "aid for fish and wildlife restoration." All that money, to be spent in benefiting wildlife and fish, came from the federal 10 per cent excise tax on sporting arms and ammunition, and fishing tackle. In other words, the money came from sportsmen. The new crop of self-proclaimed, so-cal!eJ "animal lovers" contributed nothlngt fish n " v- - X VX " - ii i riii nffag.-ttj, r nWi t i iiini mm mm 1 i mi 'wr'nii"' nrfii itT i ' sjs The loose, layered look nat well-dressed backpackers wear Backpackers select clothing with an eye for comfort, not style. When it gets chilly, backpackers may put on a down-filled vest left or a down-filled parka. , K n ! - i MOST BACKPACKERS would cringe at the word "fashion," for in the wilderness the primary consideration is not what you look like but how comfortable you are. Loose, baggy, warm clothing is what the backpacker needs. Style, for the most part, is completely ignored. The deer don't care if you're wearing last year's Levis. Not all hikers feel comfortable in the same kind of clothing, of course, but there are some general patterns of dress that beginners can follow in outfitting themselves for the wilderness. Let's start from the top of the head and work down: A hat is not a vital part of the backpacker's wardrobe, but most veteran walkers wouldn't be without one. Not only does it prevent sunburn and sunstroke and keep off the rain and sleet, it also takes on sentimental value after it has been trod under foot, scorched in several campfires, and baptized in mountain streams. A good, inexpensive chapeau for hiking is the golfer's rain-hat, which looks casual and feels nice. To transform it from linkswear to trailwear simply add a feather. WHEN PICKING OUT clothes for the upper half of your torso, keep the "layered look" in mind. Walking is sweaty work, and even on 1 . , - ImwA -rf-r V A By William Grout the coolest days you will find yourself growing moist. Start with a light cotton undershirt girls, too, then add a long-sleeved cotton shirt the ubiquitous and cheap blue cotton workshirt is good, and then if you get cold you can add a wool sweater and a parka. The expensive net underwear is warm but it doesn't absorb as well as regular cotton drawers. Thermal longjohns are good for sleeping in but hellish on the traiL In parkas there are many choices, but the down-filled kind that compacts into a small bundle and weighs less than a pound is really the only sensible coat for a long - backpacking trip. A good parka will cost at least $30, tho you can save a little by investing in a down-filled vest, which can be worn under a windbreaker. Rainclothing for backpackers comes in two styles the ankle-length poncho and the pant suit. Of the two, the poncho is the most versatile, for it can be used on a ground cloth or, in an emergency, as a tent. Vinyl is very poor material for a backpacker's poncho, as a small branch can rip it to shreds. Waterproof nylon is better. A good poncho retails for $10-$20. IN THE pants department there is considerable disagreement among the fraternity of walkers, but the majority go for plain blue jeans, the baggier the better. Denim dries fairly quickly, and more important the seams don't give out when you're crawling over logs or leaping across streams. On hot days shorts allow your legs to breathe. Cut-off jeans are fine, but make sure they are baggy around the thighs and crotch. The most important part of the whole ensemble is the boots. The weight and style of the boot depends on the kind of walking you plan to do, but for most backpacking trips on marked trails a medium weight climbing boot with lug soles is adequate. Don't look for baggi-ness in your boots unless you want blisters. Two pair of socks a light cotton pair first, then & heavier wool pair will reduce discomfort and promote warmth. Outdoor Soorti Industrlii Pltotoi Rainclothing for backpackers comes in two styles -the pantsuit Deft or the poncho. 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Now , operating with 250 spaces, the full-facility park has experienced turnaway business and the Stardust has announced plans to expand the total number of veil icle accommodations in Camperland to 400, .with most spaces being the drive-thru type. Every new space also will be equipped with utility and sewer hookups. Camperland is the first RV j park to be designed as an ; integral part of a major resort hotel. Staying completely within this pattern, the Stardust constructed the . park on the same property that houses the 1,500-roon hotel. In addition to the new park area, Camperland guests have their own swimming pool, recreation hall, playground, laundry, and showers. RV owners also have' privileges accorded guests staying in the hotel's rooms. Occupancy is on a first-come, first-served basis, and visitors are limited to a three-day stay. 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