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

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.

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