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jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

The devastating earthquake and tsunami that shook Japan in March 2011 may be over, but its metaphorical aftershocks have reached the United States.

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The headline on NF's March 1997 cover declared, "More pain ahead for New England." Who knew back then that the headline would still be relevant 15 years later?

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Big ups to Weight Watchers for extolling the benefits of wild salmon to its weight-conscious membership.

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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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Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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