National Fisherman

The Rudderpost 

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

 

This week fishermen in and around Alaska's Kenai Peninsula are scrambling to catch what the Alaska Dispatch referred to as a mushroom cloud of sockeye salmon.

Southeast seiners are hauling in pinks, as projected.

Last year's record return of 34 million sockeye to the once-beleaguered Fraser River had everyone scratching their heads and then whipping out their nets.

That return is expected to be about 3 million this year, but its collapse has long been theorized to be related to nearby salmon farms.

So why the rush to boost finfish aquaculture?

There's a commonly touted misconception that the more people eat wild stocks, the more pressure we will put on those stocks and the more quickly they will collapse.

But in well-managed fisheries, market demand does not increase biomass and, therefore, does not increase fishing effort.

What we should focus on is minimizing bycatch, allowing fishermen to land their reduced bycatch, maximizing onboard processing so we can eat wild fish in and out of season, and marketing so-called trash fish.

I don't think wild fish is likely to fill the gap that imported seafood fills now, but it could go a long way toward feeding our citizens with our own healthy, wild seafood while simultaneously boosting port communities by securing infrastructure and jobs.

We've seen what can happen when the federal government gets behind a program like catch shares. Now let's see them get behind a movement to feed America with the best we have to offer.

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

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has scheduled a series of scoping hearings to gather public input for a proposed action to protect unmanaged forage species.

The proposed action would consider a prohibition on the development of new, or expansion of existing, directed fisheries on unmanaged forage species in the Mid-Atlantic until adequate scientific information is available to promote ecosystem sustainability.

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The National Marine Educators Association has partnered with NOAA this year to offer all NMEA 2015 conference attendees an educational session on how free NOAA data can add functionality to navigation systems and maritime apps.

Session topics include nautical charts, tides and currents, seafloor data, buoy networking and weather, among others.

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