National Fisherman

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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 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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