National Fisherman


National Fisherman's 2008 Highliners

We've never sat down and tried to come up with a creed for National Fisherman Highliners, but something along the order of "whatever it takes" or perhaps, "rising to the occasion," might fill the bill.

The Highliners I've known don't preach in lofty terms or set themselves apart from other fishermen. If anything, it's their involvement with fishermen and their communities and their willingness to take action that sets them apart.

Rodney Avila's commitment to safety has paid off, not so much in accolades, but in lives saved.

Tilman Gray remains in the arena, battling for fishing communities, despite his frustrations with the system.

And Craig Pendleton has shown that in the era of growing public awareness of the ocean and its ecosystems, partnerships with diverse interests are a crucial component of survival. — Jerry Fraser

Inside the Industry

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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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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