National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.



Fishermen know all about the pain of unexpectedly losing loved ones. We know it, too.

We learned last week that we'd lost a member of our corporate family, Hasket Hildreth, a member of our board of directors. If you're thinking he was one of those corporate guys who wore three-piece suits everywhere, you'd be wrong.

In point of fact, Hasket was, like you, most at home on the water. He tried the 9-to-5 life, but he found his true calling sailing. He designed and built the Frances, a beamy, beautiful single-masted sloop. He and partner Megan Jones owned the homemade vessel, which was launched in 2004.

Hasket captained the Frances, designed after 1800s-era fishing boats, taking folks on day sailing trips from the Maine State Pier here in Portland. Thanks to Hasket's generosity and the work of his crew, the National Fisherman editorial team enjoyed a very pleasant late afternoon sail around Casco Bay aboard the Frances a couple of summers ago, a prelude to one of the nicest summer evenings experienced in recent memory.

I can't tell you that I knew him well. But by all accounts, and from what I observed that beautiful day, Hasket was truly in his element. He was doing what he loved. Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to say that.

But fishermen know all about doing what you love, too. That passion for spending life doing something you truly love is what I think really distinguishes fishermen the most. You understand the value of loving the work you do, and so did Hasket. Everyone should be so lucky.

Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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