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

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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