National Fisherman

The Rudderpost 

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


Well, it looks like the folks at PETA should stick with their modus operandi of never advocating the consumption of animal flesh.

In an attempt to promote the CrustaStun (which we editors have alternately pronounced the "crustah-stun" and "crus-stay-stun"), a British invention that electrocutes lobster instead of boiling it (which is supposed to be a humane end for the ocean bugs before the savages among us feast on their flesh), the animal rights group staged a huge lobster feed.

They flew the inventor to Tucson, Ariz., had two CrustaStuns sent by courier and ordered up hundreds of lobsters for the occasion.

Unfortunately, the stunners never arrived.

PETA held good on its word of feeding the masses, however, and gave in reluctantly to boiling the lobsters.

Tradition holds sway for one more day.

Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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