National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.



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 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 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.

Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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