National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.



Never let it be said fishermen don't recycle. And if doing so helps educate the general public about the U.S. commercial fishing industry, then so much the better.

Allow me to pass along one of our reader's ideas for spreading the gospel to the general public. In an e-mail sent to Hoyt Childers, our Gulf/South Atlantic bureau chief, a reader suggests that NF subscribers leave their used issues of the magazine at local libraries for the general public to read.

Hoyt thought it was a good idea and forwarded it along to us, and I'm passing it along to you. In fact, Hoyt added that he leaves copies of the magazine in doctors and dentists offices, too.

These days in our high tech society, lots of folks spend time text messaging on their cell phones, sharing their thoughts via MySpace or Facebook pages (or is that MyFace and Spacebook?), tweeting away on Twitter or, er, blogging on Web pages. But going old school and simply passing on copies of the magazine to folks that wouldn't ordinarily have access to it — as well as the insight about commercial fishing contained within it — is a great idea, too. Any ideas that raise commercial fishing's profile in the eyes of the general public are good ones. NF Nation, keep them coming!

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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