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 there a better example of someone keeping the faith than Job, the Biblical character who steadfastly endured numerous afflictions, yet never wavered in his beliefs?

In a test of his faith, Job loses his wealth, his livestock, his house, his servants, and his children — and that's just for starters. Somehow Job maintains his faith throughout it all, and he eventually gets all that he lost back with interest.

Had Job been one of the 32,000 plaintiffs still awaiting punitive damages checks from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, he might now, however, be raising an eyebrow. Were he still anticipating a Supreme Court decision over Exxon's challenge of the $2.5 billion punitive damages verdict, he might well cast his eyes heavenward and say, "OK, enough already. Lord knows I'm a patient guy, but this is a little too much."

As June arrived, the buzz was a Supreme Court ruling would be forthcoming this month, probably on a Monday. A couple of weeks passed, but no ruling was made.

Now we're getting down to the wire, as the Supreme Court adjourns at the end of June. According to a story in today's Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News http://www.adn.com/front/story/441828.html , if a ruling isn't issued by the end of June, there's a possibility — however slim — that salmon fishermen may have to wait another year before the verdict is rendered.

Super. It's been reported that 6,000 of the original plaintiffs have died during the years of legal wrangling over the punitive damages sum. But, hey, what's another year if you've waited this long, right?

Well, here's hoping that we'll finally have a verdict on Monday that will lead to checks getting cut for all those who have suffered and endured over these many years. But in the words of Tom Petty, the waiting is the hardest part. Surely Job would agree.

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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