National Fisherman

This morning, the editors of National Fisherman had a photo shoot, if you want to call it that. There was no make-up or hair people or special lighting. Instead of a photo studio we were at the fishing docks, where we made our way around stacks of green and yellow lobster traps, empty but still smelly fish holds, swarms of flies, and my favorite, a pile of freshly unloaded garbage bags to a beautiful background view of Portland Harbor.

We work for a commercial fishing magazine so being glamorous is not the point. This November the faces of Jes Hathaway, Linc Bedrosian and I will be plastered onto the National Fisherman booth at the Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle. We'll be there too.* With our photos up, hopefully you'll recognize us and say hello. Let us know what you think about the magazine, both good and bad — but please be kind about the photo.

We could also talk at breakfast. On the third day of this year's Expo, the editors of National Fisherman will be hosting a "working breakfast" to kick off the Profitable Harvest portion of the show. If you're not familiar with Profitable Harvest, it's just what the name says: three hours of presenters, panels, roundtables and networking all with the goal of helping you maximize your profits.

We've still got a lot to do as we get ready for the Pacific Marine Expo, which takes place this year on Nov. 27-29, the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after Thanksgiving. Hope to see you there!

*Note: Senior Editor Linc Bedrosian will not be at the Expo, but Boats & Gear Editor Michael Crowley will be at the booth and at the Profitable Harvest working breakfast. Mike couldn't make it to the photo shoot, but we'll make sure to get his photo on the booth so you recognize him too.

Inside the Industry

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.


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.

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