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Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

NOAA has long championed science as the foundation upon which the health of our nation's fish stocks must be based. But last week, it appeared that NOAA believed that a little magic would be helpful to help motivate employees at an upcoming leadership training session.



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Back in the late 1960s, the Los Angeles Rams defensive line was known as "The Fearsome Foursome." Hall of Famer Dick Butkus, the Chicago Bears middle linebacker, reportedly called the Rams' line of Rosey Grier, Merlin Olsen, Lamar Lundy and Deacon Jones the most dominant defensive line in football history.

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Two years down the road, how do we measure the impact of the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill upon Gulf of Mexico commercial fishermen?



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Living to Fish, Fishing to Live

Life and Trials of Fishing Fever in Alaska

By Dennis Sperl

Ensign Group International, 2011

Softcover, 404 pp., $12.95

dwsperl@hotmail.com

Exploring the 'fishing fever' phenomenon

"This book tries to explain the fishing fever phenomenon by examples of how the infection gets into one's blood," writes Dennis Sperl, a Petersburg, Alaska, fisherman in "Living to Fish, Fishing to Live". His book's stories and poems, Sperl writes, offer examples of "a life-long affliction that has no cure."

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As of Friday, the mighty Mega Millions jackpot total had risen to $640 million. Aspiring millionaires bought some $100 million-worth of tickets overnight in hopes of being the lucky ticket holder.

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The Keep Fishermen Fishing rally in Washington, D.C., has come and gone, as have the buses that carried commercial and recreational fishermen alike to Wednesday's demonstration. So was the event a success? The answer may depend on the yardstick you're using.

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In less than a week, commercial and recreational fishermen are converging on the nation's capitol to show their support for legislation aimed at amending the Magnuson-Stevens Act so that fish and fishermen can thrive.

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Given all the obstacles to rebuilding West Coast salmon stocks, I'd wager you didn't know marijuana was one of them.

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You, gentle readers, may have plenty to say about the latest report from the U.S. Department of Commerce's inspector general, which asserts NOAA's multimillion dollar Asset Forfeiture Fund, the repository for fines collected for Magnuson-Stevens Act fisheries violations, remains largely unmonitored.

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If you loves you some Copper River salmon, but don't know what restaurants and retailers carry it, I have some good news for you — there's an app for that.

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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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