National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.



It's pretty quiet in our Portland, Maine, headquarters today. That's because the office is closed thanks to what appears to be a nasty late winter snowstorm — apparently dubbed Ukko (pronounced YOU-ko) — that could dump about a foot of snow on our fair city and up to 18 inches to the north and west of us. Hence, most of our troops are working from home today.

However, I live just a few miles away from our office. And I have yet to see the snowstorm that has prevented me from getting in to work. It's been said that 90 percent of life is showing up. So I do.

Besides, dealing with a little snow is nothing compared to work conditions fishermen find themselves in at sea, especially so in Nova Scotia this winter. Just weeks after the February sinking that claimed the Miss Ally and her young crew of five, another Nova Scotia boat on a halibut trip was hauling back in winds gusting between 46 and 55 mph when a monstrous rogue wave slammed the Logan & Morgan.

The wave tossed two crew members overboard — yet miraculously, the two men escaped harm and were returned to the vessel. Skipper Sandy Stoddard says only divine intervention saved his men. It's a remarkable story — and thankfully, one with a happy ending.

Suffice to say that if fishermen can work in high winds, violent seas and icing conditions, then I can brush off the car, shovel the driveway and motor through the snow to put in a day's work.

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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