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

 

The editorial staff of National Fisherman has seen so many pitches and previews of fishing-inspired films and documentaries come over the transom in the last year that we keep half-jokingly tossing around the idea of hosting a film festival.

All kidding aside, it's great to see the industry reaching out to the masses via this influential and moving medium.
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The Obama administration has taken on the ominous task of unifying U.S. ocean policy.

In a first step in what is sure to be a long journey, NOAA has been holding a series of public hearings to get feedback from stakeholders. The outcry of which seems to point to the ineffective style of managing fisheries individually.
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JHathaway2 Every year, the editors of National Fisherman gather our favorite reader-submitted Crew Shots to publish on the cover and in a spread of our January issue.

We look forward to this issue because it reminds us of who our readers are and how hard you all work to bring fresh, healthy protein to the docks of American cities and towns from coast to coast.
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This week three workers for a now-defunct U.K. wholesale and retail company were sentenced for a scam in which farmed salmon was falsely labeled as organic.

False or misleading labeling has been a problem for the fishing and organic industries for years.
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The Maine lobster fishery has gotten a lot of press this summer for heightened tension in several fishing communities.

But the most explosive blow came this week from the U.S. Coast Guard.
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JHathaway2 A year and a half ago, I was standing in the hallway of the Rhode Island Convention Center discussing with the late Phil Ruhle Sr. the pitfalls of establishing groundfish catch shares.

I will never forget the voracity with which he attempted to plead the case of so many fishermen who were arguing at a recent New England Fishery Council Meeting that their catches were not recorded correctly and would, therefore, negatively affect their catch shares under the new program.
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Yesterday Alaska's Anchorage Daily News reported that Exxon's lawyers are paving the way for the last payments to Valdez claimants.

Since December Exxon's legal team has been sending out checks for $383 million, most of the original punitive damages award. The interest on the damages totals another $470 million.
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Yesterday Commerce Secretary Gary Locke officially approved the Arctic Fishery Management Plan recommended by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Also yesterday, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski held a Senate field hearing on the topic in Anchorage.
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JHathaway2 Yesterday, a colleague of mine arranged for a screening of the upcoming documentary "A Sea Change" in our office.

I was excited to get a sneak preview of what I hoped would be a thorough documentary on ocean acidification.
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I've been chatting with a West Coast friend this week about different perspectives on the Gloucester (Mass.) Seafood Display Auction case. (Find daily updates on our Top News page.)

As a West Coaster and a former Alaska commercial fisherman, this friend has a radically different view of fisheries, management and the industry in general than the average East Coaster.
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

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

Inside the Industry

The New England Fishery Management Council  is soliciting applications for seats on the Northeast Trawl Survey Advisory Panel and the deadline to apply is July 31 at 5:00 p.m.

The panel will consist of 16 members including members of the councils and the Atlantic States Fishery Commission, industry experts, non-federal scientists and Northeast Fisheries Science Center scientists. Panel members are expected to serve for three years.

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Commercial salmon fishermen will have 12 hours to fish Oregon's lower Columbia River, starting at 7 p.m. tonight.

Biologists upgraded their forecast for the summer king run to 120,000, the largest since at least 1960.

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