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

 

Aside from the overwhelming fears of total ruin in the Gulf of Mexico, one of my biggest concerns about this spill is what it does to the perception of American seafood in general.

Just last weekend I was talking with some friends about overfishing and the film "End of the Line" (which I reviewed in the October '09 issue of National Fisherman), and one of these friends said her reaction to the problem had been basically to stop buying fish. She then said, "Isn't even Alaska salmon overfished?"

I almost choked on my popcorn.

If that's what an average American thinks about seafood already, then what hope does the industry have of recovering from the added burden of contamination?

I assuage my fears by hoping that a) some day Gulf Coast fishermen will have their heritage waters back and b) many fishermen and co-ops are getting involved in direct marketing to bring their faces (and truths) to market.

I told my friend what I often say on these virtual pages, "As long as you're buying American seafood, you're fine."

I'm not sure she believed me, so I'll be sure to make a fish stew the next time she's over.

Inside the Industry

Pat Fiorelli, the long-serving public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, will step down at the end of July.

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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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