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1215 The Scallop ChristmasThe Scallop Christmas
By Jane Freeberg, illustrated by Astrid Sheckels
Islandport Press, 2009
Hardcover, 34 pp., $16.95
www.islandportpress.com

How often do you come across a Christmas story that has a commercial fishing backdrop? "The Scallop Christmas," does and it will make a nice addition to your family's holiday traditions.

According to author Jane Freeberg, who lives on Maine's Georgetown Island, the book is based on a true story told to her by a friend who lived most of the story. "It rattled around in my brain for 35 years," Freeberg writes, "and when it came to mind, I'd think, 'That's a great story, I ought to write it down.'"

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For years, fish has been called "brain food" because eating it makes you smarter. And given the variety of health benefits protein-and omega-3-rich seafood offers, people are indeed smart to make fish a regular part of their diet.

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While the One Percenters are bestowing bow-festooned luxury cars upon their loved ones this holiday season, fishermen would be more than pleased to find a revised Magnuson-Stevens Act under their Christmas trees this year.

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Break out the stretchy pants. It's that time of year when we get together with family and friends, devour some turkey and pumpkin pie, watch some football, take a turkey-induced nap, and watch more football. It's also a time when we take a moment and give thanks for all the good in our lives.

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OK, driver's license, check. Boarding pass, check. Hotel confirmation number, check. Laptop and carry-on bag, check — oh, hi! Sorry, just running down my travel checklist as I prepare to head to Seattle tomorrow for Pacific Marine Expo at the CenturyLink Field Event Center, Nov. 17–19.

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It's not easy being you, is it, menhaden? You're a tiny fish, minding your own business as you swim around in the ocean and the next thing you know books are being written about you and you're deemed "the most important fish in the sea."

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Bird of Passage
A Novel
By E.K. King
Infinity Publishing, 2010
Softcover, 276 pp., $14.95
www.buybooksontheweb.com


Shark-tracking trip with scientist is the basis for an entertaining first novel

“Sharks • sex • science” scream the words on the back cover used to promote E.K. King’s first novel, “Bird of Passage.” The better description of the world young Calvin Landry stumbles into also
appears on the back cover: “Hard work, no pay, and embarrassing conditions.”

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Is it possible that YouTube can do as much, if not more, for fishermen than Senate public hearings can?

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NOAA chief Jane Lubchenco departed before the Oct. 3 Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing in Boston on New England's groundfish sector management system was over, angering fishermen and politicians alike. The news today that she left the hearing to promote the agency's fisheries management policies to a newspaper editorial board won't lessen that anger.

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Everybody can get behind the concept of sustainable harvest practices that ensure that fish and fishermen alike will always be in abundance. And industry-related businesses are stepping up and helping to bring that concept to fruition.

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Inside the Industry

The Obama Administration recently announced that it is looking for candidates to be considered for a sustainable fishing prize.

The White House Champion for Change for Sustainable Seafood designation will honor individuals for “contributing to the ongoing recovery of America’s fishing industry and our fishing communities.”

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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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