ROFFS™ Fishy Times Newsletter – 71st Edition: Updated Videos/Catch Reports, Letter to the Editor & Do Fish Feel Pain


ROFFS™ Fishy Times Newsletter – 71st Edition – Updated Videos/Catch Reports, Letter to the Editor & Do Fish Feel Pain


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WOW! ~ next time don’t stand so close! Video Courtesy: Mustang1071 | Facebook Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now!

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Rescuing/Helping a Sea Turtle  Video Courtesy: Noticias y Medios OBSON | Facebook Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now!

Letter to the Editor: Regarding the Florida Marine Sanctuary and Billy Causey Article Courtesy: | Originally published May 20, 2015

As President and Chief Operating Officer of Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service, Inc. (ROFFS™) I have learned to delegate projects to others at ROFFS™ including the ROFFS™ Fishy Times and other social media campaigns. I sometimes request a preview copy of the newsletter. Often I do not and last week I did not review it prior to publication and an character assassination of Billy Causey (Presently Regional Director, Southeast Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Region NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and previously managed the National Marine Sanctuaries in the Florida Keys) was published. Upon reading the published version I realized that much of the article in the Sunshine State News “Marine Sanctuary’s Wrong Science Accelerated Florida’s Coral Reef Destruction” was unsubstantiated. I then requested that the article be deleted from our website and the newsletter. I am the President and take full responsibility for this mess. While my Ph.D. is not related to Florida Keys water quality, I lived in Miami for 35 years and learned much about the ecology of the Keys from scientists and fishermen who have conducted research there for years. Billy along with others from NOAA, the Environmental Protection Administration, the National Park Service and others from many academic institutions have consistently been a major voice in the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force and all other scientific venues that water quality matters as much as quantity. He has not been the only one working on this issue.

Above: Billy Causey

Please click here to read more on the Florida Marine Sanctuary and Billy Causey on our website now!

Do Fish Feel Pain? Article Courtesy: Brian Key | Originally Published Biology & Philosophy March 2015, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 149-165

Phenomenal consciousness or the subjective experience of feeling sensory stimuli is fundamental to human existence. Because of the ubiquity of their subjective experiences, humans seem to readily accept the anthropomorphic extension of these mental states to other animals. Humans will typically extrapolate feelings of pain to animals if they respond physiologically and behaviourally to noxious stimuli. The alternative view that fish instead respond to noxious stimuli reflexly and with a limited behavioural repertoire is defended within the context of our current understanding of the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of mental states. Consequently, a set of fundamental properties of neural tissue necessary for feeling pain or experiencing affective states in vertebrates is proposed. While mammals and birds possess the prerequisite neural architecture for phenomenal consciousness, it is concluded that fish lack these essential characteristics and hence do not feel pain.

Above: image courtesy

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Above: Good catch by Jason Massey and fishing team east of Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. Please click here to view the most recent catch reports on our website now!

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