National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

lincIn Mixed Catch, NF Senior Editor Linc Bedrosian spotlights a wide range of commercial fishing-related news items from coast to coast.

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.

books vaughnThe 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.

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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.

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In our December issue, we salute our 2013 Highliner Award winners, Robert Heyano of Dillingham, Alaska; Robert Hezel of Clinton, Wash.; and Jerry McCune of Cordova, Alaska.

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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.

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Halloween is a week away, meaning we are awash in tales of vampires, werewolves, zombies, ghosts and goblins. But we may have two less scary monsters to have to worry about.

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Four Thousand Hooks coverFour 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
http://www.washington.edu/uwpress/

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.

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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.

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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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Folks on Virginia's Tangier Island largely make their living on the water, most as blue crab fishermen, others as tugboat captains and second mates, or as tankermen.

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If I require a snack here at the NF offices, I can head upstairs and grab something from the vending machines. They offer a variety of sodas, chips, candy, trail mix, cookies, cashews, crackers and gum from which to choose. It's a rich cornucopia of snacking goodness.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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