National Fisherman


The Rudderpost 

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

 

I love so many of the freedoms I enjoy as an American. But I think I could live with a society a little more appreciative of personal responsibility and a little less inclined to require taxpayers to dole out the funds to entertain the frivolous lawsuits brought by people who do outrageous things.

A man in New York has filed suit against Bumble Bee Foods for unspecified damages to compensate for his mercury poisoning, which resulted from his eating 10 cans of tuna a week for more than two years.

The suit alleges that his mercury level is twice the normal amount. But it does not specify what his level was before he began gorging on canned tuna.

While I don't believe the amount of mercury in a can of tuna causes harm to the human body, many people do. In fact, the FDA warns against excessive consumption.

Is 10 cans a week excessive? Well, I suppose that's now a question for a jury to answer.

Plaintiff Lee Porrazzo of White Plains is also suing his local Stop & Shop grocery store for selling him the tuna.

Clearly, Porrazzo, a BMW salesman, thinks we need more rules to protect ourselves from, well, ourselves.

By the same logic, anyone who has bought a BMW from Porrazzo and gotten in an accident ought to sue him for selling a dangerous vehicle.

Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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