National Fisherman


In it together

The year was off to a booming start with the United We Fish rally in February. Unite we did, and it was a good thing, because 2010 was a year of seismic activity for fishermen.

The industry faced a federal enforcement scandal, shift to catch shares, struggles over quota and fishing grounds, water resource battles, and wildlife protections.

But none of it could compare to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Our Southern brothers have shown us how to face adversity by pulling up their hip-boot straps, pitching in and not giving up.

— Jessica Hathaway

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Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.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