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 American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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