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

 

Who doesn't love to see Ben Stein declaring the abundance and deliciousness of Alaska wild seafood?

The first time I saw the ad for the new Wendy's fish sandwich, I thought they said it is made of North Pacific pollock. My husband corrected me — they said cod, honey. I would have sworn I heard pollock, but in the end I didn't care who won that argument. (For the record, it's cod. And this is going to be his favorite blog entry of mine, maybe forever.)

I remember ordering a fish sandwich at a Wendy's competitor once, and my friend commented, "That fish ain't never seen water." Based on the flavor, he wasn't far off. I'm planning on hitting Wendy's this weekend. I'll be sure to let you know how "hand-cut" their sammy tastes.

I've been thinking a lot lately about these prominent ads promoting American fish. But when the story of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute's budgeting woes; broke this week, I found myself pining for a national group that could do as good a job promoting our seafood industry.

Will we ever see NBC's Today Show Summer Concert Series sponsored by the Incredible Edible Squid?

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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