National Fisherman

The Rudderpost 

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


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?

Inside the Industry

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.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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