National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.



I played an interesting CD in my car yesterday. This is no small feat in the digital music age, where we’re more likely to plug in our phones and let the songs flow from our iTunes playlists.

So what would make me dust off my car’s CD player? Well, that would be a CD we received, entitled “Something Fishy.” It’s a compilation of poetry and spoken word pieces performed at New Bedford’s Working Waterfront Festival between 2006 and 2011.

The festival takes place on Fisherman’s Wharf/Pier 3 (the Steamship Pier) each fall on the last full weekend of September (that would be Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30 this year). The CD’s liner notes describe the festival as a “family friendly, educational celebration of New England’s commercial fishing industry.”

That celebration includes a fisherpoetry session featuring performances by fishermen and other industry members. They share observations about the fishing life and their experiences.

Some of the pieces on the CD are funny, others more poignant. All of them are entertaining and well worth a listen, especially by those unfamiliar with the commercial fishing life. These 21 offerings present wonderful glimpses of what it’s like to live that life, and should provide listeners with a greater understanding of its joys and its pain.

All proceeds from the CD’s sales benefit the Working Waterfront Festival and its year-round programming. If you’d like to get your hands on a copy (it’ll cost you $15, shipped), visit the store on the festival’s website. You and your CD player will be glad you did.

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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