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SamHillSamuel Hill is associate editor for National Fisherman.

 

 

I've got two stories to share that somehow seem appropriate for a Friday afternoon. For the first, sometimes it's good to get a reminder about why certain things are important — even if that reminder is an unpleasant one. National Fisherman's editor Jes Hathaway is a huge advocate for eating wild U.S. fish. Here's a reminder why that U.S.A. label is important:

Asian Seafood Raised On Pig Feces Approved for U.S. Consumers

Gross. One of the problems is that when people read things like this they sometimes think all seafood is bad (people aren't stupid but they have a lot to think about) so the message should be clear and simple: U.S. wild.

Repeat as necessary: U.S. wild. U.S. wild.

This next story isn't as gross, I promise. You may have noticed the web is buzzing with reports of a huge, softball-sized eye that washed up on Pompano Beach in Southern Florida. There's speculation that it once belonged to a giant squid or possibly a very large swordfish. I'm thinking that if anyone knows what kind of creature it once belonged to it would be fishermen, our readers. So what do you think? Have you ever looked into this eyeball before?

I imagine it was a moment you'll never forget.

Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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