National Fisherman


”We do not want to be forgotten. This is our hope.”

Those were the words of Rikuzentakata Mayor Futoshi Toba in a message posted on the Internet to “our friends overseas” after the March 11, 2011, tsunami swept away most of the once prosperous Japanese city.

Thousands of miles away in Crescent City, 35 boats were crushed and most of the harbor's docks were swept away as a series of surges generated by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake flowed through the harbor, but spared the town with its own history of wave-driven devastation.

Two years later it appears Rikuzentakata and Crescent City are connected once again with the discovery of a small, barnacle-encrusted boat that washed up just south of the Del Norte County city earlier this week.

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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