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Mixed Catch 

lincIn Mixed Catch, NF Senior Editor Linc Bedrosian spotlights a wide range of commercial fishing-related news items from coast to coast.

Coming soon (well, late January 2011) to a movie theater or video store near you: a horror flick involving commercial fishermen.

"The Watermen," is the debut film of Newport News, Va. filmmaker Matt L. Lockhart, who wrote and directed this epic tale. In it, according to the Internet Movie Database, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1715223/ a clan of watermen captures a crew of sport fishermen.

The watermen take the anglers hostage and even cut some of them up for bait. In other words, the chums are turned into chum.
At any rate, trapped on an island, they must then fight for their lives. According to an article about the film http://articles.dailypress.com/2010-09-20/entertainment/dp-nws-poquoson-watermen-movie-20100920_1_watermen-bill-forrest-seafood-messick-road in the Daily Press in Newport News, seafood wholesaler Bill Forrest, of Bill Forrest Seafood in Poquoson, Va. — used as the watermen's hideout in the film — doubts that real Virginia watermen will take the film or the way they're portrayed in it seriously enough to be offended.

Alas, no further plot information is revealed, so I'm going have to wait along with you folks to find out how the "evil watermen" are foiled. I'll make what I suspect is a pretty good guess:

Federal and state fisheries management agencies will regulate them to death.

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

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