National Fisherman

  • ChixWhoFishChix Who Fish

    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.

  • SitkaTroller EnglishbeeSitka Troller

    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.

  • Hooked: One woman at sea, trolling for truth

    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.


  • Highliners and Homecomings

    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 She is the author of Captain of Her Crew: The Commercial Fishing Mom’s Guide to Navigating Life at Home.

  • The Fishing Blues

    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.


  • The Dented Bucket: A Fisherman's Blog

    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's Fishing News

    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.


  • Matt's Fresh Fish

    Matt Marinkovich gillnets for salmon out of Friday Harbor, WA. He sells his catch locally on San Juan and Orcas Island.

  • The Rudderpost

    Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and

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    Mixed Catch

    Jerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

  • SamHillCoastlines

    Samuel Hill is associate editor for National Fisherman.

  • At Sea Diary

    Matt Marinkovich's weekly At Sea Diary entry is a popular feature of the National Fisherman Web site, and now you can post your own reflections on Matt's experiences fishing in the Pacific Northwest and North Pacific....

  • Boats & Gear

    The Boats & Gear blog is overseen by our Boats & Gear editor, Michael Crowley. It explores new construction projects, electronics, gear and equipment for the commercial fishing industry.

Inside the Industry

Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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