National Fisherman


Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

As Fourth of July weekend approaches, what is more American than residents of a town reaching out to help a Louisiana fishing community that is suffering from the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?

In Maine, a Bangor Daily News editorial http://bangordailynews.com/2010/06/30/opinion/helping-gulf-fishermen/ this week relates the story of Down-East fishermen who found a way to help their Gulf Coast brethren, free of corporate or bureaucratic red tape.

Little Cranbury Island lobstermen organized a fundraising community dinner featuring local seafood donated for the dinner and an accompanying raffle. A true community effort, island residents turned out in full and raised $1,915.

Next, they got to work to determine how and where to send the money. A little Internet research led them to the fishing community of Dulac, La., which is about the size of the Little Cranbury Island community of Isleford. Isleford's postmaster then contacted Dulac's postmaster to inquire where to send the money.

The answer was to send the funds to the Dulac Community Center, a mission project of the United Methodist Church, which provides help to the area. And that's just what they did.

According to the editorial, the Isleford residents hope that other Maine communities will follow suit. We do, too. In fact, let's widen the effort.

There are fishing communities on all coasts that have the same kind of heart Isleford does. If such a movement catches on in fishing communities, then it can catch on in more landlocked towns, too.

And if enough towns follow Isleford's lead, then Gulf Coast fishing communities could receive some sorely needed assistance — not to mention a little love.

Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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