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 American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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