National Fisherman

The Rudderpost 

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


JHathaway2 I keep hearing today (the Wednesday before Thanksgiving) referred to as national getaway day.

It's also a day for last-minute food shopping.

So while you're out gathering supplies for the feast, why not pick up some local seafood? It's the perfect counterbalance to the butter-saturated refined sugars, oven-baked meats and gravies that will adorn tables across the country.

Not that there's anything wrong with that!

But if you want to be orthodox about it, the original Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Mass., almost 400 years ago, most likely featured local cod, lobster and a variety of bivalves.

On the West Coast, king crab legs are in season and often found on the Thanksgiving table. Down South, many traditional turkey stuffings are laced with oysters.

I know for sure that if I don't make it to the appetizer table by 10 a.m., the ring of shrimp cocktail is wrung out.

Whatever seafood crosses your plate this year, give thanks for American fishermen, whose livelihood has brought sustenance to the Thanksgiving table for four centuries.

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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