National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

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

Dear Buddy the Elf,

Season's Greetings, Buddy. Bear with me — I know Christmas is Saturday and you and Santa and the other elves are out straight at the North Pole Christmas compound.

I already sent Santa my wish list, so I'm good. But I have a few more wishes — not for me, but for U.S. commercial fishermen. If you could put in a good word with Capt. Kringle, I'm sure they'd really appreciate it.

For example, could Santa bring more flexibility to the New England's groundfish catch share management system? How about a healthier lobster population for southern New England lobstermen?

Chesapeake Bay watermen might like blue crab stocks to continue their upward trend, and see the once-thriving oyster population start bouncing back. South Atlantic reef fish harvesters would love to see red snapper stocks declared healthy.

And in the Gulf of Mexico? I know it's probably a little much to ask Santa to cleanup the millions of gallons oil that escaped from the sunken Deepwater Horizon well. But could Santa find a way to erase consumer doubts about the safety of gulf seafood?

As for the West Coast, give fishermen a real commercial salmon season this year. Or give Pacific groundfishermen healthy quota shares for their new rationalization program that takes hold come Jan. 1. And maybe a marine reserve network that California fishermen can stomach.

And for Alaska fishermen, maybe Santa could provide some extra Steller sea lions to ensure that they don't require being placed on the endangered species list, thus keeping fisheries in the Aleutians open for business.

Am I asking too much, Buddy? Well, at the very least, please have Santa deliver the merriest Christmas possible to all U.S. commercial fishermen.

Happy Holidays,

Linc

P.S. – You know, subscriptions to National Fisherman make a great gift, too. Just sayin'.

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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