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.

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: 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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