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: 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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