In Mixed Catch, NF Senior Editor Linc Bedrosian spotlights a wide range of commercial fishing-related news items from coast to coast.
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
For better or worse, when I think of Thanksgiving, I think of food. Football, too, but food popped into my mind first. Food, football, and the inevitable couch nap that follows.
Right now, though, I'm not thinking about turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, sweet potato, squash and turnip and pies. Well, apparently I am a little bit. But I'm thinking about seafood, too.
I'm thinking about lobster and haddock and blue crabs and spiny lobster and red snapper, and oysters, Dungeness crab, salmon, and king crab and so much more. More specifically, I'm thinking about the folks who go out and catch it all. That means I'm thinking about you.
I'm thinking about how you brave the elements every day to bring back a delicious and nutritious source of protein, and how you and your family have been doing it for generations. I'm thinking of folks like Maryland watermen Guy Spurry and his 19-year-old son Austin, who are featured in the video below. They go oystering every day, even though it's becoming harder and harder for them to do so. But they do it because — just like you — they love what they do.
Fishermen love being out on the water so much that they're willing to endure ever-mounting piles of government regulations, tackle the challenges poised by environmental groups, recreational fishing organizations, fluctuating market conditions and the whims of Mother Nature. That's pretty remarkable.
Suffice to say I'm thankful for the work you do, year in and year out. You may think that because you work on the water, out of sight of folks on land that no one notices all that you do.
But you're wrong. We do. Here's wishing our nation's fishermen a Happy Thanksgiving.
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
As the late Andy Williams sang in his holiday classic tune, it's the most wonderful time of the year. That's because Pacific Marine Expo gets underway in Seattle this week.
Commercial mariners from Alaska to California gather at the CenturyLink Field Event Center each year to check out the latest in equipment, propulsion, builders, suppliers and new products as well as a host of timely and informative seminars. But that's not all; there's also a full slate of special offerings to enjoy — including the Author's Corner & Book Store, located at booth 631.
The Author's Corner & Bookstore, presented by Pro Star Publications, offers seating and a special section for book signings, discussions and more. That's former NF Highliner Clem Tillion chatting with author Vaughn Sherman about "Sea Travels" in the Author's Corner at Pacific Marine Expo last year. To check out this year's schedule of authors who will be on hand each day, click here.
You'll also find a pretty impressive selection of marine-related books. And that, my friends, is music to my ears.
Plop me in a bookstore and I will happily while away the hours in search of a good book. This time of year, I'm beginning the hunt for Christmas gifts for my fellow booklovers. However, that won't preclude me from picking up a little something for myself while I'm at it.
I've enjoyed success on both fronts at the Author's Corner & Book Store. You, too, can stock up on reading material for yourself and maybe snap up a present or two, all without ever having to leave the event center. Score!
And as long as you're in gift-shopping mode, you know a subscription to your favorite commercial fishing magazine will look good under the tree, too. Stop by booth 614, say hi to the NF editorial team and take advantage of our special show subscription offer. Get a year of National Fisherman for the most-excellent price of $10! Whether you get a subscription for a friend or yourself (or both), you can't lose.
See? It really is the most wonderful time of the year.
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation met in Boston for a Nov. 4 field hearing concerning reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. There, they heard testimony on how the federal fisheries management law is devastating the region's groundfish industry, and calls to improve the act.
Thursday, 31 October 2013
It's a happier Halloween than normal here in Portland, Maine, and everywhere else in Red Sox Nation. Our beloved baseball team went from worst to first, capping a remarkable season by winning the 2013 World Series last night, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1. If only New England's troubled groundfish industry could undergo a similar resurrection.
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Four Thousand Hooks
A True Story of Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska
By Dean Adams
University of Washington Press, 2012
Softcover, 270 pp., $16.95
One of the neat things about Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle is the Author's Corner and Bookstore, where you can get your mitts on a wide range of books about fishing. Plus there's seating and a special section for book signings, discussions and more.
It's easy to see why Dean Adam's book "Four Thousand Hooks" was featured at Pacific Marine Expo last year. Want to find out what's on tap in the Author's Corner this year? Just click here and scroll down for the 2013 show's lineup.
Thursday, 10 October 2013
Farmed salmon advocates say the aquaculture industry is making strides toward offering a more sustainable and ecofriendly product. But an Atlantic Salmon Federation news release announcing that farmed fish have escaped from Bay of Fundy sea cages suggests there's still room for improvement.
Thursday, 03 October 2013
In recent years, Louisiana fishermen have had more than their fair share of obstacles to overcome. They've endured crippling hurricanes, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, rising fuel prices and a flood of foreign shrimp imports that depressed dock prices and thinned profit margins.
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National Fisherman Live: 10/21/14
In this episode:
North Pacific Council adjusts observer program
Fishermen: bluefin fishing best in 10 years
Catch limit raised for Bristol Bay red king crab
Canadian fishermen fight over lobster size rules
River conference addresses Dead Zone cleanup
National Fisherman Live: 10/7/14
In this episode, National Fisherman Publisher Jerry Fraser talks about the 1929 dragger Vandal.
NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.
The Golden Gate Salmon Association will host its 4th Annual Marin County Dinner at Marin Catholic High School, 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield on Friday, Oct 10, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.