National Fisherman


Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

Media reports this week have questioned whether the amount of damage the oil that's gushed out of the Deepwater Horizon will cause has been over-hyped.
Over-hyped? Seriously?

Who can make that kind of proclamation? Nobody, that's who.

Nobody knows precisely how much damage the estimated 92 million gallons released into the Gulf of Mexico will do to the ecosystem. Nor do they know how long whatever damage is inflicted will last.

Nobody knows. Not BP, not the Coast Guard, not NOAA, not the scientists, not the environmentalists, not the fishermen, nobody.

The media doesn't know either. But it's a slave to the demands to feed the ever-ravenous beast that is the 24-hour news cycle. Those demands are why stories such as the spill being over-hyped are generated.

So be it. Just take such reports with the proverbial grain of salt. Where the Deepwater Horizon disaster is concerned, everyone is in uncharted territory. And as much as we all want answers and all damage rectified pronto, such resolution will only occur over time.

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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