National Fisherman

It's not every day that Dame Fortune calls you.

I mean literally calls you. The phone rang, I picked up the receiver and there was Dame Fortune on the line.

I have, of course, been awaiting this call for years. I am not fussy; music, TV, movies, it's all good. All I ask is that my undeniable talent, good looks and awe-inspiring modesty are finally recognized.

Alas, the call wasn't actually for me. It was for you. Despite my disappointment, I took a message, which I am dutifully passing along.

It seems that a United Kingdom-based TV production company called Tiger Aspect Productions http://www.tigeraspect.co.uk is in the process of developing a TV series that will explore all manner of commercial marine vessels in the United States and around the world. The show aims to introduce viewers to the folks who make these vessels run, showcase the engineering and technical wonders of the vessels, and give viewers a passenger seat on the incredible journeys the boats take every day.

Hence, the company seeks a host for the program. The ideal candidate will be a "true passionate fanatic of boats and maritime history who can help communicate this passion to our audience," according to a company blurb Ms. Fortune was kind enough to send. They want someone with real-world on-the-water experience, such as a former captain from a naval fleet, or freight cargo ship, or a tugboat operator, or even a commercial fishing boat skipper.

That sounds like you, doesn't it?

If you're selected, you'll travel around the country and the world to spotlight the past, present and future of vessels from ice breakers in the Arctic to the biggest cruise liners sailing the Caribbean and more.

If you feel like this gig fits you to a T, send an e-mail to fred_grinstein@tigeraspectusa.com or call (212) 774-8798. Tell them a little about yourself, your passion for boating and where it's taken you. And while you're at it, include a photo of your bad self and a link to any Web sites or video you might have.

Good luck, and here's hoping Dame Fortune smiles upon you.

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is required by state statute to appoint someone to the Board of Fisheries by today, Tuesday, May 19. However, his efforts to fill the seat have gone unfulfilled since he took office in January. The seven-member board serves as an in-state fishery management council for fisheries in state waters.

The resignation of Walker’s director of Boards and Commissions, Karen Gillis, fanned the flames of controversy late last week.

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Keith Decker, president and COO of High Liner Foods, will take over for the outgoing CEO, Harry Demone, who will assume the role as chairman of the board of directors. The Lunenburg, Nova Scotia-based seafood supplier boasts sales in excess of $310 million (American) for the first quarter of the year.

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