Dalian Robert Atkinson already has an heir. His name is Alexander Isak, the ‘new Txipiron’ of the Real. But before continuing, everything must be contextualized. Atkinson an English striker who played for Real Sociedad in the 1990-91 season scoring 12 goals in 30 games, and leaving a very pleasant memory among the Txuri-Urdin fans, for its tremendous quality and its spectacular performances on large stages such as Camp Nou. He came to have an affectionate nickname among the followers of the San Sebastian club, who called him ‘The Txipiron’ because of his skin color. Atkinson was black as a typical Txipiron of the Basque Country, say the followers of the time. The Englishman, who died in strange circumstances in 2016 when he was only 48 years old, took this nickname in San Sebastian with a good mood.He was crowned at the Bernabéu. Since the departure of Atkinson, a Real player has always been waiting for a player who had his personality and was able to win his heart as the English striker did with his electric game, which coincided with another foreign myth in San Sebastian, John Aldridge. A new Txipiron was sought. And they already have it. 29 years later, a player with similar characteristics and with quite a physical resemblance has stolen the heart of the realistic followers to the point of inheriting the nickname of Atkinson and having up to a song that they never tire of chanting in the stands of the fans of the Real. Alexander Isak is the ‘new Txipiron’. If Atkinson was crowned with a memorable and well-remembered performance on a large stage like Camp Nou, Isak did the same in another giant field of our football such as Santiago Bernabéu. The Swedish striker has put all of Gipuzkoa in his pocket with his way of being. He arrived in silence, without making much noise, change of 6.5 million euros to Borussia Dortmund, as a luxury substitute for Willian José. And whenever he left the bench he contributed something, goals or assistance. This was gaining minutes, until the Brazilian’s mess in the winter market opened the doors of ownership. Isak has taken advantage of the occasion by scoring seven goals in the last five games until he reached 13 goals, six in the league and seven in the cup, placing himself as the top scorer of the txuri-urdin team.He only lacked an outstanding performance to take a doctorate, to finish demonstrating that the quality that treasures 190 cm in height. And it came at the time that Real needed it most, in Santiago Bernabéu, with the qualification for the semifinals as a jackpot. The Swede participated in the four goals of Real against Madrid. In the goal of Ødegaard it all started with a shot from him. Then he scored two goals and was able to make a hat-trick but the VAR annulled him a goal for offside. And the fourth gave it to Merino. Huge match that made even his companions sing the song dedicated to him by the stands. Now the clause of 70 million euros that has even seems small. And the 30 that Borussia Dortmund has to replace him before 2021 a dangerous threat. Isak has put everyone in his pocket. It is the ‘new Txipiron’, the nickname that actor Gorka Otxoa has recovered for Real. Said remains. Now learn it by heart.
It may seem like sardines are, well, packed like sardines in the ocean—the tiny fish travel in schools of millions. But they and other small forage fish like herring and anchovies aren’t immune to the effects of commercial fishing. A new study looks at seven species over 25 years and finds that overfishing exacerbates natural boom-and-bust cycles of the fish, which are not only a food source for humans but for countless larger marine animals.The study “is a thought-provoking piece of work” says Jason Link, a fisheries scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. And it strengthens the case that forage fish deserve more protection, he adds.There’s no mystery about the status of tuna and other large predators; many of these stocks are clearly overfished. But it’s harder to know the impact of fishing on forage fish populations. That’s because populations of these small fish naturally alternate between abundant and scarce. Whether commercial fishing makes the collapses more frequent, prolonged, or severe has been hard to pin down. “There was this notion that … fishing doesn’t really matter,” says ecologist Timothy Essington of the University of Washington, Seattle.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Essington and his colleagues turned to stock assessments—regular surveys of fish populations that are collected by both commercial fisheries and research vessels. They analyzed 55 stocks from around the world of seven forage fish species, which had been tracked for at least 25 years. Then they used the stock assessments to not only calculate the overall fish populations, but also local fishing rates—how much of a fish population was being caught at a given time. When fishing rates were high, the scientists found, populations collapsed to levels six times lower than they would have been otherwise. The collapses weren’t more frequent, however, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.This highlights a problem in fishery management: “We usually increase fishing at exactly the same time the population is struggling,” Essington says. Because the forage fish tend to congregate in large schools, it remains easy for fishermen to catch many fish at once; but as populations decline, one school can be a larger fraction of the total population. “But the problem is that once you get to these lower abundances, you end up in this really risky zone.”Using the new data set, Essington and his colleagues also developed a simulation to explore the risk. If fishing is halted when populations start to decline, forage fish remain plentiful, the models show. “If you just turn off all fishing and let the populations do what they would have done naturally, most of them will completely recover within a few years,” Essington says, suggesting a time frame that fishing bans might be enforced for.That makes sense. “In general terms, limited harvest when populations are low is wise,” Link says. But before fishing restrictions could be put in place, more research is needed on exactly what the cutoff for each fish species would be, and how long a restriction will let the fish recover, he notes.Climate change makes the problem even tougher. “It’s an excellent study, but the large omission here is that of climate, and we know that climate drives the dynamics of many of the stocks that they studied,” says David Checkley of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California, who was not involved in the new work. To keep forage fish abundant, the role of both climate change and commercial fishing will need to be teased out so the populations can be protected from both, he says.*Correction, 9 April, 5:25 p.m.: The original image that accompanied this story was not one of sardines, as indicated. We have replaced the image.