Written by Michelle Gayton
The Chix Who Fish blog and Facebook page grew out of a discussion group whose mission is to recognize the important role women play in all aspects of the commercial fishing industry. Chix Who Fish is made up of women from all over the world working in all aspects of the fishing industry: from on the boat to in the office and in the home — Chix Who Fish make this world go round.
Reubin Englishbee is a salmon troller and former halibut longliner from Montana who returned to Alaska after a 30-year break in the Lower 48. In 2009, he and his wife escaped mainland living for a Cook Inlet setnet site. They then took the plunge and got a permit to troll out of Sitka in 2010 and began their Beelines Alaskan Fish Co.
Tele (pronounced Tell-ah) is a tree hugging, tofu eating, feminist commercial fisherman, memoirist, and blogger. Raised in a Wasilla veterinary clinic, she began trolling out of Sitka at age 7. Twenty-eight years later, she runs the F/V Nerka with her partner, photographer Joel Brady-Power, and Bear the Boat Cat.
Jen Karuza Schile is a writer who grew up in a multi-generation fishing family and spent several summers in Southeast Alaska working as a deckhand aboard the family vessel. Now married to a commercial fisherman and caring for her three young children, she writes about the fishing family lifestyle and adventures at www.commercialfishingmom.com. She is the author of Captain of Her Crew: The Commercial Fishing Mom’s Guide to Navigating Life at Home.
Robin Blue is the wife of a commercial fisherman and mother of two little boys. Robin and her husband, Zed Blue, own and operate the F/V Robin Blue fishing for Dungeness crab off the Washington Coast. The Fishing Blues blog is primarily a site for Robin to share the stories and challenges of her commercial fishing family, but also serves as a way to connect with other fishing families. In addition, Robin addresses issues within the fishing industry, promotes wild fisheries, and encourages seafood consumption with advice and recipes.
John Lee is a Rhode Island-based writer and a deckhand on an inshore fishing boat. The Dented Bucket is about fish and fishing; it’s about our experience with the sea – seafood to salt marshes – the whole tangled mix of it.
Corey is a photographer and Alaskan commercial fisherman. From 2003-2010 he worked as a deckhand on the Bering Sea crabber f/v Rollo and more recently, captains a wild salmon gillnetting operation in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The off season is filled with travel, gallery exhibitions, magazine and ad photography assignments mixed with a bit of backyard gardening, cat maintenance, and skateboarding in Portland, Oregon.
Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.
The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:
The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.Read more...
Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.
Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.Read more...