National Fisherman

The Rudderpost 

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


In downtown Portland, Maine, we're preparing for the bizarre vortex that will become of our Arts District when President Obama and rapper Snoop Dogg hold simultaneous events across the street from each other tomorrow evening.

While odd combinations like this often lead to major headaches with traffic, security and parking, they also give us an opportunity to re-evaluate our surroundings and see them with an outsider's perspective.

That's how I felt when I read that Gloucester, Mass., fishermen showed up on a red carpet for the premiere of "Wicked Tuna," the latest commercial fishing reality series. This one is available on the National Geographic cable channel, as well as online.

Anyone who watches the show or knows anything about commercial fishing will understand the contrast between the red carpet and a red deck. Tuna fishermen see a lot more of the latter, if they're lucky.

But what I love most about this show, aside from the action, is its ability to tell the story of American tuna fishermen. These guys are risking their lives and responsibly fishing a limited resource simultaneously. That's not a bizarre combination. That's commercial fishing at its finest.

"Wicked Tuna" premieres officially on Sunday at 10 p.m.

For a limited time, you can watch the first episode on the NatGeo site or on the channel's Facebook page.

Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


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.

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