National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.



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..."


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

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.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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