National Fisherman

The Rudderpost 

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


The National Fisherman crew closed out another great show in Seattle this week. The floor was packed with fishermen, new products and great giveaways.

On Wednesday I was honored to present our second annual Boats & Gear awards at Pacific Marine Expo's Boatyard Day. Randa Szymanski won our Lifesaver Award for her efforts to raise money to buy inflatable bibs for every commercial fishing boat in her hometown of Haines, Alaska. The effort far exceeded expectations to honor the memory of Haines fisherman Richard Boyce.

The NF Classic went to La Ola owners Bruce Adams and Tina Miles, who are still fishing the 100-year-old boat out of Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Jensen Maritime Consultants and Alaskan Leader Fisheries took dual Next Wave awards for their innovative concept and design of the 184-foot longliner Northern Leader, which is expected to be delivered in April sporting diesel-electric propulsion and Schottel Z-drives.

We rounded out Boatyard Day with a keynote address from Johan Sperling, vice president of Jensen Maritime Consultants, and a WorkBoat year in review from Technical Editor Bruce Buls.

The last day of the show featured Profitable Harvest, a three-hour intensive conference that attacked the topic of fuel efficiency from every angle. On the show floor, the crowds gathered for the much-anticipated return of the Fisher Poets and Fisherman of the Year Contest.

Check back for videos of the action, and next year, come see it all in person!

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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