National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.



If, like me, you are less than fastidious in your housekeeping duties, you must sometimes swing into emergency cleaning mode when company is coming.

Pressed for time, you cram all old newspapers and magazines, empty soda bottles, plates and glasses, dirty clothes and the like into a spare closet.

You know your house isn't really clean, but the mess is now out of sight. At least on the surface things look clean.

One wonders if such a strategy will be employed with the oil that spewed into the Gulf of Mexico from the now-capped Deepwater Horizon well. This week Jerry Greenberg, a contributor to our sister publication WorkBoat magazine, had an interesting post on his blog regarding where all the oil has gone.

According to a recent report from the National Incident Command, Greenberg writes, of the 4.9 million barrels of oil released into the gulf, 25 percent evaporated or dissolved, 17 percent was recovered directly from the wellhead, 16 percent naturally dispersed, 8 percent was chemically dispersed, 5 percent burned and 3 percent was skimmed.

So that's 74 percent of the oil accounted for. The remaining 26 percent is classified as "residual" oil, "which includes oil that's on or just below the surface as a light sheen, weathered tar balls and oil that's washed ashore, been collected from shore or is buried in sand and sediments," Greenberg writes.

Hence, 1.27 million barrels are still uncollected or unaccounted for. So at 42 gallons a barrel, by my calculations, we're talking a paltry 53.3 million gallons still at large.

Hardly anything, really...

And hey, the mess is now out of sight, so everything will look OK to the tourists. At least on the surface, things will look clean.

But we know it's not really clean. And sweeping the remaining oil under the carpets, stuffing it under the couch cushions or hiding it in the closet won't do.

Inside the Industry

Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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