National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.




Halloween arrives next week, but what's really scary in this presidential election year is the prospect of eligible voters not casting their ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

However, a fisherman may be far away from their home port and unable to get to their polling place to vote. What's a fisherman to do?

Consider these two words, my friend: absentee ballot.

Yup. You can obtain an absentee ballot, fill it out, and pop it in the mail. In fact, savvy web surfer that you are, you can set the wheels in motion online.

A quick Google search on the subject of absentee ballots brings up a site called Long Distance Voter. According to the website, Long Distance Voter is a non-profit organization registered in California. It does not support or oppose any political candidate or party.

Its mission is simple: Help U.S. citizens to register and vote by mail. According to the website, the organization saw a need for providing voters with information on absentee voting in their state. Hence, the site launched in 2008, providing state-by-state voter guides that aim to simplify the absentee voting process by providing clear and thorough information for registering to vote, verifying voter registration, and applying for an absentee ballot.

Or maybe you want to know if you can cast your vote early in person. Did you know 32 states and the District of Columbia offer "no excuse" early voting? You don't even need to provide a reason for voting before Election Day.

It's easy to be cynical about our election process. Voters are bombarded with radio and TV ads and media yammering about which candidates are winning in the latest polls or debate. It's enough to make voters run away screaming from the whole mess.

But your vote counts. So however you do your civic duty — in person on Election Day, via early voting or absentee ballot — just vote.

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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