National Fisherman


The Rudderpost 

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

 

Near Jacksonville, Fla., the village of Mayport is twisting between the tides of commercial development and waterfront traditions.

On the one hand, you have a historic fishing village that was first explored by Westerners in 1562.

On the other, you have the Jacksonville Port Authority eager to replace wooden docks with a $60 million cruise ship terminal.

Where they will get that money remains to be determined. Though even in a tight credit market, this may still be an attractive deal to lenders.

But it is undoubtedly unappealing to local fishermen and residents, many of whom have joined the forces of Save Mayport Village.

Among the ideas they have opposed is moving the village to an island in the St. Johns River.

I don't object to the cruise industry on principle. I recognize that it's a resilient revenue maker for many coastal towns (my own included). However, I think the long and rich history of commercial fishing in Mayport ought to speak for itself.

I can almost hear Joni Mitchell singing, "They paved history, and put up a cruise ship slip."

Inside the Industry

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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Alaskan Leader Fisheries will give Inmarsat’s new high-speed broadband maritime communications service, Fleet Xpress, a try on the 150-foot longline cod catcher/processor Alaskan Leader.

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