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.

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.

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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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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