National Fisherman


The Rudderpost 

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

 

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

The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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