National Fisherman

The Rudderpost 

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

 

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!

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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