National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.



We're about ready to celebrate a milestone here at National Fisherman. When the November issue arrives in your mailbox, we'll be blowing out the candles on the proverbial birthday cake (and keeping a fire extinguisher handy) to celebrate our 50th anniversary.

You'll get the detailed low down on the magazine's history in our November issue, featuring contributions from editors and writers past and present. They'll weigh in on changes in the magazine and the industry over five decades.

You'll also find some interesting fishing data from 1960. Here's another tidbit.

According to the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries publication "Fishery Statistics of the United States 1960," U.S. commercial fishing landings that year totaled 4.9 billion pounds worth $353.6 million. The commercial catch was taken by 130,431 fishermen. In 1970, 140,538 fishermen landed 4.9 billion pounds.

The number of fishermen taking the commercial harvest reached 182,068 in 1977 when 5.3 billion pounds were landed; the statistic regarding number of fishermen isn't included in later year versions of U.S. fishery statistics. But in the era of consolidation that holds sway under current fishery management philosophy it seems likely that fishermen's numbers have thinned some since those days.

And should the march towards implementing catch share management in U.S. fisheries continue, they may well thin some more.

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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