National Fisherman

The Rudderpost 

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


Great news out of Maine this week (nope, not the tangle over sector management) is Commerce Secretary Gary Locke's appointment of Glen Libby to the New England Fishery Management Council.

Libby, of Port Clyde, Maine, is the chairman of the Midcoast Fishermen's Association and a pioneer of community-based fishing.

As president of the Midcoast Fishermen's Cooperative, Libby was instrumental in launching the country's first community-supported fishery with Port Clyde Fresh Catch.

Despite the seemingly insurmountable challenges of fuel costs and rock-bottom prices facing local shrimp fishermen, the cooperative found a way to keep boats on the water and maintain this important local fishery's ties to the community.

Libby, whose term begins in August, has also been a vocal proponent of groundfish sectors, so it can't come as a surprise that his name would make the short list for appointment to the council, which will be struggling with this cumbersome beast in the next year.

I can only hope Libby's experience and vision will help forge a clear and fair path for the council in its oversight of the historic Gulf of Maine groundfish fleets.

Inside the Industry

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.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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