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

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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