National Fisherman

The Rudderpost 

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


Hurricane Sandy lived up to her name earlier this week.

Not only was she a superstorm, but she churned up and deposited acres of sand on the New Jersey coast. The tidal highs combined with the power of the storm to create a devastating surge.

Power is still out for residents in 15 states and Washington, D.C. In New York, Connecticut and New Jersey neighborhoods were destroyed and communities flooded. And of course, the fishing industry has been severely disrupted.

Ahead of the storm, flight cancellations and regional preparation (and, yes, some panic) shut down restaurants and seafood supply chains across the Eastern Seaboard.

Now in the recovery stage, we worry not only about lost boats, lost time, lost landings and lost wholesale supplies but also loss of infrastructure and resources.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and President Obama made for a powerful joint force earlier this week to pave the way for recovery funds, supplies and support. However, the fishing industry still needs Christie to reach out to acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank to open the channels for relief funds that can help our friends and colleagues in the tristate area get back to work.

Until then, please continue to direct aid to the Red Cross and your thoughts and prayers to our fellow citizens in need. And as many of you already do, be sure to buy local fish to support the fishermen as they get back to work, and the auction houses and processors as they get their businesses operating again.

The Jersey Shore may never be the same again, but the people will rise again from this disaster.

Inside the Industry

Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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