National Fisherman


The Rudderpost 

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

 

West Coast salmon fishermen are eagerly anticipating a huge season this year with the number of kings estimated at 1.65 million — that's triple the highest estimate in almost 30 years, since the Pacific Fishery Management Council began its forecasts.

After three years of shutdowns and a modest season in 2011, this kind of comeback has locals salivating for fatty pink fish and fishermen eager to get their gear wet come the start of the season on May 1.

But fishermen are known for skepticism, so they'll believe it when they see it. "It definitely gives one hope for a good season, but there are no guarantees," said Duncan MacLean, of Half Moon Bay, to the San Jose Mercury News. And moreover, most people in the industry understand that this kind of resurgence is likely a result of wet winters and good ocean conditions.

U.S. fishery management is a noble cause, but we should never forget that Mother Nature is the ultimate boss.

In the meantime, let us give thanks for the bounty we have in whatever form it comes to us. Happy Easter!

Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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