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Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

Top 5 Mixed Catch Stories

Thank heavens for the Knights of the Lobstah Traps! They have saved us from a cruel fate at the hands — er, claws — of crafty crustaceans intent on exacting revenge on us all.

Perhaps, like me, you were too caught up in Thanksgiving festivities to notice. It's understandable, as we were so preoccupied with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, football games and half-time naps that we didn't realize that we were in peril.

But readers of the comic strip "Non Sequitur" by Wiley Miller learned last week that we were in danger of being overrun by angry, giant, talking lobsters, thanks to "The Curse of Luxury."

The comic strip, which is set in an undisclosed Maine coastal village, revealed that the nation's economic crisis has forced consumers to cut back on luxury items like lobsters.

Consequently, as Captain Eddie explains, the bugs "ovah-populate, organize and ..."

— Gasp! —

"...look fah revenge..."

Eek!

Fortunately, Eddie, one of the aforementioned Knights of the Lobstah Traps, manages to foil the revolution. Far be it from me to spoil the dramatic conclusion — you can find out for yourselves.

All I can tell you is, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am well and truly thankful that the lobstermen have our back — and access to plenty of mayonnaise.

Inside the Industry

The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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