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.
NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.
We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.Read more...
A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.
Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species, allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.Read more...