National Fisherman

The Rudderpost 

jesJes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and


366cc0eb5ec646e3a7930cfd72a84c03 hiresOne of the things Jennifer Finn (National Fisherman's art director) and I have in common is an affinity for tales of daring and survival. We have a lot of access to sea stories in our day jobs, so when one of us runs across a good one, we pass it on.

While reviewing the January 1979 issue of National Fisherman for the Fishing Back When page, I ran across an amazing story of survival out of Kodiak, Alaska.

Here's the excerpt from the January Back When, on page 6:

The 42-foot crabber Marion A sinks in rough seas on Oct. 2, on its second day out of Kodiak, Alaska. Gerard Bourgeois, 29, is the only survivor of the three-man crew. Captain Delno Oldham and crewman Jerry Allain perish in the frigid water. Bourgeois' survival hinges on the lucky find of a Gumby suit floating in the water and landfall on a desolate island, where he lasts 12 days to rescue — which comes on Friday the 13th.

Jen and I got to talking about it, and up popped a question we almost always ask after we read these stories: Where is he now?

So now I'm asking. Where is Gerard Bourgeois, lone survivor of the Marion A?

If you have any information, please contact me via e-mail at or phone (207) 842-5421.

Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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