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 WorkBoat.com blog regarding where all the oil has gone. http://www.workboat.com/blogpost.aspx?id=4294998209

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

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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Alaskan Leader Fisheries will give Inmarsat’s new high-speed broadband maritime communications service, Fleet Xpress, a try on the 150-foot longline cod catcher/processor Alaskan Leader.

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