National Fisherman


The Rudderpost 

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

 

It's been a busy week in New England.

I kicked it off in Boston for the International Boston Seafood Show on Monday and Tuesday, where the big talk was sustainability and promoting healthy fisheries.

Oddly enough, I spent a lot of time in Boston talking about Alaska seafood. And specifically Alaska salmon, which in many ways is swimming upstream once again in moving forward with a third-party FAO-based certification program that's not the Marine Stewardship Council.

Salmon seasons may have their ups and downs, but there is no question the fishery is sustainable. Yet, if anyone tries to think outside the box, they have to answer to big-box retailers. We'll let the Alaska folks do that, because they're good at it.

But once they pave the way, yet again, for fisheries across the country, don't forget to thank them later. At least buy a few extra sockeye for your Fourth of July party this year.

Moving north from Boston and feeling the need to reorient myself to northern New England, I hopped over to the Maine Boatbuilder's Show at Portland Yacht Services.

Nothing will make you appreciate the heyday of wooden boatbuilding like climbing around in an 80-year-old wooden sailboat.

I'm sure I'll be shocked out of my wooden-boat haze come Wednesday, when I'll meet up with fishermen from around the country for the Keep Fishermen Fishing rally in Washington, D.C.

I hope you can join us there at noon on Wednesday, March 21! For more information, visit www.keepfishermenfishing.com.

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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