National Fisherman

The Rudderpost 

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


The International Boston Seafood Show is upon us again — an annual extravaganza of seafood products and processing equipment.

The show opens on Sunday and runs through Tuesday with a breakneck schedule of conferences and hearings.

At 9 a.m. on Monday, NOAA will hold the first of a series of public hearings on illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing. The administration is taking comments on a proposed rule to identify and certify nations with boats engaged in IUU fishing or bycatch of protected species.

Then at 10, representatives from Iceland will be on hand to announce the country's new program to document and certify responsible fisheries. This is presumably a response to Marine Stewardship Council certification (and its expense) as well as the European market's demand for certified sustainable seafood.

I am also looking forward to Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's keynote conversation, which begins at 12:30. If you haven't seen "Iron Chef America" on the Food Network or its endlessly entertaining predecessor "Iron Chef" — dubbed from the Japanese for American television (where else will you see Jackie Chan on a panel of culinary judges?), you are missing out on Kitchen Stadium.

And if Chef Morimoto gets you in the mood for lightning-fast food prep, don't miss the oyster shucking contest at 3:30.

Most of all, for the Maine-based staff of National Fisherman, Boston in March is like a tropical vacation.

See you there!

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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