National Fisherman

The Rudderpost 

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


Yesterday was a big day at Pacific Marine Expo, with full aisles, a huge floor to cover, and lots of conferences and special events, including the World Wildlife Fund's Smart Gear award announcements.

Today promises to be even bigger, as we'll hand out our first Boats & Gear awards during our first Boatyard Day celebration.

We are thrilled to highlight the work of Jennifer Lincoln with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health office of Commercial Fishing Safety Research in Anchorage, Alaska, Fred Wahl of Fred Wahl Marine Construction in Reedsport, Ore., and the 100-year-old wooden halibut schooner Tordenskjold.

If you're in the Seattle area, come by CenturyLink Field Event Center at 1:45 for the kickoff of our Boatyard Day, which includes our keynote speaker Guido Perla of Guido Perla and Associates in Seattle.

If you can't make it today, then tomorrow is your opportunity to compete in the Fisherman of the Year Contest at 1 p.m. Sponsors Hercules SLR and Xtratuf have made it interesting with lots of extra goodies in store for our winners.

We look forward to seeing you at the expo!

Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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