National Fisherman

The Rudderpost 

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

 

The blessing and the curse of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is that people are still talking about it.

I remember two months after Hurricane Katrina, locals and their advocates were calling for more coverage in the press because it had become a passé subject.

In the last couple of weeks, I've traveled to New Bedford, Mass., for a commercial marine trade show and to central Kentucky for a family gathering. The spill was a major topic of conversation everywhere I went and no matter who I talked to.

In New Bedford, I got back to my hotel room after a day of chatting with fishermen at the trade show and an evening of celebrating our 2010 Highliners. I turned on the TV to find Larry King interviewing the TV-star captains of "Deadliest Catch," who were in New Orleans to lend their support, meet with fishermen and advertise the freshness of gulf seafood.

It was enough to make me feel like fishermen were the center of the universe. But that's the kind of thinking that gets people in need ignored in the long run.

We can't let our brethren suffering from the oil spill forget that we are supporting them, and we can't allow the coverage of their struggles to wane from the press.

Write letters to newspapers, call politicians, and if you live in the gulf, talk to the journalists!

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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