Jes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
JHathaway2 Today a BP official lauded the team who placed a sealing cap on the gusher in the gulf.
But don't get too excited, he warned, the oil giant is still conducting "integrity tests" to see if this cap will actually cap the well.
"People feel very good about what we accomplished in the last couple days," said BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells, according to a CNN report. "But the job is not over."
Friday, 09 July 2010
JHathaway2 This week confirmed the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is seeping into New Orleans' Lake Pontchartrain.
The lake got a lot of press when it flooded neighborhoods during Hurricane Katrina, and in the '80s and '90s when great efforts went into cleaning it up and transitioning it into fishing grounds and an estuary for commercial species.
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
It's the Fourth of July again already!
To celebrate this year, the salmon fishermen of Bodega Bay, Calif., will have an eight-day season.
Despite the fact that few boats are likely to be participating after two years of complete closure and little enthusiasm for the slightly more than weeklong season, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has gone to the trouble to add California and Oregon wild salmon to their "avoid" list.
Thursday, 24 June 2010
JHathaway2 I know the gulf oil spill has a lot of folks worried about supplies of local seafood and risk of contamination.
While I must admit that if forced to eat farmed shrimp, I'd prefer "freshwater" prawns from Indiana over any product from overseas (for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the distance Asia-raised seafood has to travel to reach my plate), what I can't stomach is the idea that farmed seafood is inherently safer than wild seafood simply because it's raised in captivity.
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
The blessing and the curse of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is that people are still talking about it.
I remember two months after Hurricane Katrina, locals and their advocates were calling for more coverage in the press because it had become a passé subject.
In the last couple of weeks, I've traveled to New Bedford, Mass., for a commercial marine trade show and to central Kentucky for a family gathering. The spill was a major topic of conversation everywhere I went and no matter who I talked to.
Friday, 04 June 2010
While it's difficult to think about anything but the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico these days, our staff is busy preparing for the Commercial Marine Expo next week in New Bedford, Mass.
It's a solemn time for the commercial fishing and commercial marine industries, but there's no better time to gather, discuss the future, and commiserate.
Thursday, 27 May 2010
Aside from the overwhelming fears of total ruin in the Gulf of Mexico, one of my biggest concerns about this spill is what it does to the perception of American seafood in general.
Just last weekend I was talking with some friends about overfishing and the film "End of the Line" (which I reviewed in the October '09 issue of National Fisherman), and one of these friends said her reaction to the problem had been basically to stop buying fish. She then said, "Isn't even Alaska salmon overfished?"
Thursday, 20 May 2010
JHathaway2 If you haven't seen the video posted on the NF home page, try to take 10 to 15 minutes to watch it.
Sadly, it gives clear insight into the problems fishermen, specifically New England fishermen, are having with NMFS.
The most telling quote, in my opinion, is from Pat Kurkul (NMFS Northeast regional administrator). In response to the problems fishermen and sector managers are having with the lack of preparedness and organization from NMFS on the May 1 implementation of sector (or catch share) management of the groundfish fleet, Kurkul says, "Change hurts."
Friday, 14 May 2010
Blogpic It should come as no surprise that one of the first questions out of people's mouths after the Deepwater Horizon explosion and consequential oil spill is, "What's going to happen to the offshore drilling plan?"
I've heard a lot of folks pronounce this spill as the death knell to Obama's plan, but I find that hard to believe.
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
JHathaway2 I almost fell off my chair laughing this morning while reading Chris Horton's latest musings about NOAA on ESPN.
Among my favorite quotes was this little jewel, "The agency's focus has always seemed biased toward the commercial fishing sector, while recreational anglers get the crumbs."
Commercial fishermen are feeding families besides their own. They are not out there for sport, but to make a living. Shouldn't they come first when allocating the catch?
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National Fisherman Live: 2/26/15
In this episode, National Fisherman's Online Editor Leslie Taylor speaks with Rick Constantine, vice president of marketing, Acme United Corporation, about Cuda corrosion resistant knives.
National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15
In this episode:
March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received
Today Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced legislation to extend a permanent exemption for incidental runoff from small commercial fishing boats.
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