By Donald WittkowskiMost lobsters hauled in by commercial fishing boats end up on someone’s dinner plate.But a remarkably rare blue lobster caught this week by the crew of the Sea Isle City-based vessel “Two Dukes” appears headed for an aquarium instead of a pot of boiling water.“Nah, I wouldn’t dare do that,” Eric Burcaw Sr., owner of the “Two Dukes,” said with a laugh when asked whether he would consider selling the bright blue crustacean for supper.His sons, Eric Jr. and Kevin, were operating the boat about 85 miles off the coast of New Jersey when they caught the lobster Monday.They showed off their exotic catch to the media on Thursday, one day after returning from sea. They were joined by fellow crew members Robert Martinelli, 26, of Sea Isle, and Joe O’Donnell, 31, of Dennis Township.Weighing about 1.5 pounds, the lobster is estimated to be about 7 or 8 years old.The Burcaw brothers did some research online and discovered that only one in about every two million lobsters is blue. The distinctive coloring is caused by a genetic abnormality.Eric Burcaw Jr., 24, of Dennis Township, said he could hardly believe what he found in the lobster trap when it was pulled in the boat.“I didn’t know what it was,” he said. “At first, I thought it was one of the blue gloves that we have on board.”Kevin Burcaw, 21, of Upper Township, said he was standing near the back of the boat when he heard his brother let out a cheer, “I caught a blue lobster!”“We’ve never seen one like that before,” Kevin said. “Usually, the lobsters we see are calico colored or have leopard-like spots on them, but never a blue one.”Eric Burcaw Sr. 51, a resident of Upper Township whose family has been in the commercial fishing and lobster industry since 1976, said this is the first blue lobster he’s ever seen.He estimated the blue crustacean, which weighs about 1.5 pounds, is 7 or 8 years old. For the time being, it is being kept in a container submerged in the lagoon where the Burcaws dock their boat off Park Road in Sea Isle City’s historic Fish Alley district.“He’ll be fine. He’s just chilling out. Anything below 65 degrees, he’ll be OK,” Eric Burcaw Sr. said of the lobster adjusting to its temporary home in the 62-degree lagoon water.Eric Burcaw Sr. had never before seen a blue lobster in his four decades of commercial fishing out of Sea Isle City.Burcaw noted that he has been trying to donate the lobster to an aquarium. The Adventure Aquarium in Camden turned him down, so he plans to call the National Aquarium in Baltimore. The Atlantic City Aquarium agreed to take the lobster, but Burcaw would prefer seeing the creature go on display at a major aquarium.“We don’t know for sure what we’re going to do with it,” he said.On average, Burcaw is paid a market price of $6 per pound for the lobsters that are caught by his company, called Capt. Eric Inc.As for the value of the rare blue lobster, he couldn’t even fathom a guess. But he stressed that it will be saved.“We don’t know what we would sell it for. It’s probably worth more than what all of us are making,” he said, smiling.Whatever ultimately happens to the blue lobster, it seems a whole lot luckier than a 15-pound mega-lobster once caught by Burcaw.“That one’s mounted on the wall,” he said.The Burcaw family’s commercial lobster boat “Two Dukes” is moored at a lagoon in Sea Isle’s historic Fish Alley. From left, brothers Kevin and Eric Burcaw show off the bright blue lobster they caught.
If your organization puts an expiration date on your business data, you risk extinction.As the digital economy increasingly takes hold, businesses in every industry and region are finding themselves under attack from fast moving digital disruptors. That measure every digital interaction both in real-time and trended over many years and adapt their services accordingly.As I’ve previously discussed, it’s the data that fuels digital transformation. Most often when organizations are talking about this trend, their focus is on Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), or Business Intelligence. The insights and intelligence provided by each of these technological trends is greatly amplified by the amount of data collected over time. Not surprisingly, organizations are rethinking how data is treated.It Takes Time to Become a Master in AIWith the advent of cloud services, it is now easier than ever for organizations to throw a million CPUs at solving a complex problem like creating a self-driving car. However, without the appropriate amount of data, you may as well not try. To train the algorithms that power self-driving cars, auto manufacturers must log millions of miles and feed telemetry data, images, even video into the service. There are no shortcuts here, and whoever has the most data is in the strongest position to win. I’m reminded of Malcolm Gladwell’s research that indicated that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become a master. It’s no different in AI – the data that companies like Tesla and Google are collecting from their self-driving prototypes will serve as massive competitive moats in the years to come. Even financial analysts are pricing in the data in their models noting, “Machine learning algorithms have become commoditized, even open source. Data, not algorithms, is what confers competitive advantage. The company with the most data wins.” – Seeking AlphaIoT Always Evolving Based on the DataTechnology moves so quickly that a device that cannot be connected and updated is already on its way to being obsolete before a user ever touches it. With the Internet of Things, we not only have a way of extending the usable life of the device but can also improve its performance and usefulness. When you have a series of devices that collect and send data back to the service they are consuming you can create a virtuous cycle. The application generates data, which can be analyzed, and fed back into the service to improve. With historical data sets in hand setting a baseline you are then able to experiment and innovate with these devices. Every organization can wake up tomorrow as a software and analytics company if they prioritize digital transformation just as GE famously did.“You have to make your machines smarter. You need to figure out the best ways for embedding intelligence into machines and devices. Then you need to develop the best techniques for collecting the data generated by those machines and devices, analyzing that data and generating usable insights that will enable you to run your equipment more efficiently and optimize your operations and supply chains.” – Bill Ruh, Chief Digital Officer, GE, and CEO, GE DigitalBusiness Intelligence Only Gets Better With Age“If you can’t get insights until you’ve analyzed your sales for a week or a month, then you’ve lost sales within that time. If you can cut down that time from two or three weeks to 20 or 30 minutes, then that saves a lot of money for Walmart and stopped us losing sales. That’s the real value of what we have built with the data café.” – Walmart Senior Statistical Analyst Naveen PeddamailOne of the interesting aspects of businesses going digital is everything becomes measurable, and with enough data, you don’t just predict the future you create it. We’ve heard of extreme targeting in advertising or suggestions in shopping applications that seem to read our minds and spur decisions. These systems only improve with the more data points they have. Look at the investments of Walmart, your classic brick and mortar organization, is making in their Big Data implementation: a centralized analytics practice that can analyze 40PB of data across 20,000 stores in 28 countries an organization. Walmart realizes that this data makes for the ultimate differentiator a business can enjoy and becomes more pronounced over the years.Turning Potential Into Reality Will Require ChangeThe ability to pull up data and mine it for insights is powering the next phase of innovation in the digital economy. Data has the potential to increasingly enable predictive services, train machines, and make systems intelligent, but only if organizations keep it.This view challenges many long held beliefs and practices within organizations. Many will struggle with these new data requirements as it requires a massive shift in their data platform. The most important questions will become: What do we keep? What do we throw away? How will it be used? Where can we store it? How will we manage and secure our growing data footprint?We are moving to an age where the data will outlast the infrastructure and even the services that are consuming it. Are you ready for what’s next?Related Articles: Dell CTO Bill Schmarzo (the Dean of Big Data) discusses the Economic Value of Data
And manager Com Collins says a change in the Championship structure is needed.Roscommon are through to the Connacht Football Championship final for the first time since 2011.They came from 0-8 down at half-time to beat Sligo by 4-16 to 2-13 in their semi-final at Dr Hyde Park.Donegal eased in to the Ulster Football Championship semi-finals.A goal in either half from Odhran MacNiallais helped them beat 14-man Fermanagh by 2-12 to 0-11.In the Leinster Football Championship, Meath set up a semi-final date with old rivals Dublin.Mickey Newman scored 0-7 as they beat neighbours Louth by 0-20 to 1-13 at Parnell Park.Westmeath are through to face Kildare in the other semi after they edged Offaly by 0-13 to 0-12 at Cusack Park.Meanwhile, the GAA will confirm times and venues for 1B of the football qualifiers later today.After losing to Westmeath yesterday, Offaly will meet London while Fermanagh’s defeat to Donegal sets up a meeting with Wexford.Also in Division 1B it’s Down v Longford and Antrim v Limerick.The matches will be played on June 25th and 26th.This coming Saturday in 1A it will be Laois and Armagh in Portlaoise from half-three while Derry now meet Louth in Owenbeg at 5pm and it’s Carlow and Wicklow at Netwatch Cullen Park at 7pm.On Sunday, Leitrim and Waterford do battle in Carrick-on-Shannon at 2pm. Clare football manager Colm Collins has described the Provincial football championships as “dinosaurs”.They lost to Munster Champions Kerry by 2-23 to 0-17 in their semi-final at Fitzgerald Stadium yesterday.Clare haven’t played a game since their Allianz League Division 3 final win over Kildare at Croke Park in April.