National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.



We all know eating fish offers many health benefits. Fish is an excellent (and darn tasty), low-fat, high protein food, rich in omega3 oils that researchers say can keep hearts healthy. Now comes word courtesy of the Vancouver (British Columbia) Sun ( of a new trend that may yield further health benefits: Fish spas.

Apparently this is a new service some spas are beginning to offer. You kick off your shoes and socks and dunk your tootsies into a tank of water containing live fish called garra rufa. The tiny toothless wonders, known as "doctor fish" in their native Turkey, exfoliate the feet of the customers (or are they cust-toe-mers?) as they nibble away the dead skin.

The treatment was being offered at Dixie Simpson's Purple Orchid spa in the town of Duncan on Vancouver Island. Alas, we may never know if doctor fish truly can get you on the good foot. Provincial health officials have nixed the foot nibbling, saying the service poses a potential health risk.

Health officials say the well-meaning fish can carry pathogens and spread diseases that are hazardous to humans. Hence, Simpson must toe the line or else face six months in jail and foot the bill for a $25,000 fine.

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.

Try a FREE issue of National Fisherman

Fill out this order form, If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $14.95 (12 issues in all). If not, simply write cancel on the bill, return it, and owe nothing.

First Name
Last Name
U.S. Canada Other

Postal/ Zip Code
© 2015 Diversified Business Communications
Diversified Business Communications