National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.



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, 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 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.

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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