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Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

As Fourth of July weekend approaches, what is more American than residents of a town reaching out to help a Louisiana fishing community that is suffering from the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?
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Fishermen have longed to get their story out to the American public for years. "Deadliest Catch," the hit Discovery Channel reality television series, is helping them do it.
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We honored the 2010 NF Highliners last week at a dinner in New Bedford, Mass. They’re a special bunch of fishermen.

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Finding answers to a problem that's as massive as the sunken and still-gushing Deepwater Horizon oil well isn't easy. But while "experts" are still trying to get a handle on the historic spill, one celebrity is taking action to help Gulf of Mexico fishermen.
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It's hard to assess what's going on with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill because the news seems to change so quickly.
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For years, Northeast fishermen have railed against NMFS for basing increasingly stringent fishery management regulations upon questionable science. They've said that NMFS regularly puts fish stock health above the economic well being of fishermen and fishing communities.
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Not all U.S. industries are created equal. At least that's the conclusion you reach when you look at how the fishing industry and the oil industry are regulated.
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In the wake of this week's increasingly disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill, your heart can't help but go out to Louisiana's long suffering fishermen, who must have the patience of Job.
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Occasionally you get reminders about why fishermen need to be vigilant about industry-related stories appearing in the mainstream media. For example, consider two news stories about Thursday's House Natural Resources Committee's Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife hearing on catch share management.
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An important point is being obscured in the furor over NOAA fisheries enforcement practices in the Northeast.
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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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