National Fisherman


The Rudderpost 

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

 

One week from now, we'll be halfway through the 44th annual Pacific Marine Expo at Seattle's CenturyLink Field Event Center (formerly Qwest).

It's an especially exciting year for me because it's my first as editor in chief of the magazine, it's a West Coast Highliner year, we're hosting the announcement of the World Wildlife Fund's Smart Gear Competition winners, and to top it all off, we're rolling out our first ever Boats & Gear awards.

As a fishing magazine, we're all about our fishermen, which is why we take a lot of pride in honoring our Highliners every year. But what about all the folks who support the crews on deck?

The Boats & Gear Awards give us an opportunity to call attention to boatbuilders, designers, and all the other private companies and agencies whose year-round focus is keeping the fishing industry running smoothly, safely and with regular technological advances. All of these elements make life more livable at sea.

I hope you'll join us at the expo to honor all of our award winners. And while you're there, take part in a multitude of fish-focused activities at the show and happening all over the Seattle area.

If you register now, you'll be entered in daily drawings to win a $500 American Express gift card. And if you participate in the Fisherman of the Year Contest on Saturday, you can win up to $400 and other prizes. Awards abound at the expo. The show starts on Thursday, Nov. 17. Don't miss it!

Inside the Industry

The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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