National Fisherman

National Fisherman's 2009 Highliners

Nothing about fishing is getting easier, other than getting out of it, yet we continue to find people who thrive on it and wouldn't do anything else.

People like Joel Kawahara of Quilcene, Wash., who is confronting the challenges of the West Coast salmon fishery head on. Or like Linda Behnken of Sitka, Alaska, who understands the intimate connection between communities and ecosystems. Or like Kevin Ganley of Bainbridge, Wash. In a business where you're lucky to keep a crew for a season, guys stay with Ganley for a generation.

What do they share? Total commitment to the notion that individuals make a difference. Willingness to walk the fine line between naïveté and despair. And determination to do whatever it takes, afloat, ashore, or in the meeting room.

We proudly present National Fisherman's 2009 Highliners. — Jerry Fraser

Inside the Industry

Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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