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

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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