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.

Is it possible that YouTube can do as much, if not more, for fishermen than Senate public hearings can?

Recently, interviews filmed with Gloucester, Mass., mayor Carolyn Kirk and New Bedford, Mass., mayor Scott Lang following the Oct. 3 Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing in Boston, were posted on YouTube. The interviews, reportedly conducted by a freelancer, deal with the negative impact the groundfish sector management system has had upon fishermen and their communities, and the frustration these historic fishing ports feel regarding NOAA's overaggressive enforcement of fishing regulations.

In Kirk's interview (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81pZZoywErE&feature=player_embedded), she says, "We're losing jobs and we're losing faith in our government because of the overzealous enforcement of fishing regulations and a management scheme that is driving small business people out of business."

The views of Kirk, a Democrat, on the negative economic impact sector management has had on her community caught the eye of several media outlets, including the Drudge Report website and Fox News conservative commentator Sean Hannity's radio program, and the Gloucester (Mass.) Times.

The Lang interview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i89mk0g7mzk caught the eye of the Townhall.com, a conservative and political opinion website ("Second Dem Mayor Slams NOAA, "Catch Shares A Disaster") http://townhall.com/columnists/gwilymmcgrew/2011/10/20/second_dem_mayor_slams_noaa,_catch_shares_a_disaster. Lang's views echo Kirk's.

"In all honestly, two-thirds of the vessels haven't been active since August. And it's put a real damper on the ability, I think, of the fishing community to remain vibrant," Lang says in the video. "Which means there's been an untold hardship as far as economics on the fishing families, as well as that social and interpersonal type of conflict that takes place when every man and woman is worried about how we're going to make the next bill. We've got the worst economy since The Great Depression, and we're keeping people from working."

The two videos suggest that fishermen can utilize a simple, yet powerful method of attracting attention to their plight, and educating people about their industry. If you've got a cell phone that can shoot video and a story to tell, you, too, can post it on YouTube and get your message out to the media and the general public.

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 1/27/15

In this episode:

Assessment: Atlantic menhaden is not overfished
Bering Sea pollock fishery casts off
Dock to Dish opens Florida’s first CSF
Second wave of disaster funds for Alaska
Fisherman lands N.C.’s largest bluefin ever

Inside the Industry

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is still seeking public review and comment on the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Conformance Criteria (Version 1.2, September 2011). The public review and comment period, which opened on Dec. 3, 2014, runs through Monday, Feb. 3.

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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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