National Fisherman


2009 Year in review

On the Brink

In many fisheries, 2009 was marked by low prices, caused in large part by recession. Elsewhere, we saw contested stock assessments, shifting regional council demographics, a questionable default to catch shares and an investigation of law enforcement.

The good news after a bad year is that things generally improve.

Indeed, the recession seems to be abating, if not lifting. NOAA has found a director for NMFS. And, as I write these words, fishermen, after centuries of practicing individuality, were preparing to gather by the thousands at the nation's Capitol.

Onward! — Jerry Fraser

Inside the Industry

Fishermen throughout the Gulf of Mexico are praising Louisiana officials for a series of strong decisions last week that have broken the deadlock of red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico.

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According to the Portland Press Herald, the Maine Seaweed Festival has been canceled this year due to a rift between the event’s organizers and seaweed harvesters.

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