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

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.

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