National Fisherman


National Fisherman's 2007 Highliners

If highline boats sit a little lower in the water when they return from a trip, it's possible highline skippers stand a little taller on the wharf.

This stance, however, will not reflect conceit or hubris, but simple accomplishment and readiness to embrace the next challenge.

Having fish to catch is one thing. Some fishermen can't take it for granted the fish will have water to swim in. Enter salmon fisherman Dave Bitts of McKinleyville, Calif.

Eric Jordan, of Sitka, Alaska, is following in the footsteps of his mother and father as an advocate for fishermen and the resource.

Norwegian-born Kaare Ness of Shoreline, Wash., emigrated from one world and has helped to shape another in the North Pacific.

Congratulations to this year's National Fisherman Highliners.

Inside the Industry

Governor Bill Walker has officially requested that the federal government declare a disaster for four Alaska regions hurt by one of the poorest pink salmon returns in decades.

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The New England Fishery Management Council recently elected Dr. John F. Quinn of Massachusetts and E. F. “Terry” Stockwell III of Maine to serve respectively as chairman and vice chairman in the year ahead. The two have led the Council since 2014 but reversed roles this year. 

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