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

 

I must admit I get a little nervous when I see "NMFS" and "economics" in the same sentence. As far as I can tell, NMFS rarely makes decisions based on economics. (Except, possibly, the economy of scale, as it seems the agency is no friend of the independent fisherman.)

Earlier this month, the fisheries service released "Fisheries Economics in the United States, 2006," a statistical report with economic data on a decade of fishing. That's right, 2006.

Therein lies one of the primary problems with the management of American fisheries. We get quarterly jobs reports, so why can't we access 2008 fisheries data in 2009?

Commercial fishermen face a new landscape every year. So how can we fairly assess new fisheries management based on what was happening in fisheries three years ago?

Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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