National Fisherman


Memorial Day activities in Charleston will focus on the annual Blessing of the Fleet and Memorial Service starting at 10 a.m., May 27 at the Charleston Fisherman's Memorial Garden, near the launch ramp at the Charleston Marina.

The service will honor the local men and women involved in commercial fishing and the fishing industry who have died since 1941. This year, the Charleston community will add six names to the "In Memory of Charleston Fisherman" Plaque: Dennis O. Cutting, Stephen "Stevie" Joseph Brandis II, Carl D. Harrington, Vincent Hensey, Bryan Wayne Stores and Jimmie W. Sugg. In addition, one name will be added to the "In Memory of Fishing Industry" plaque, Bill Chard Sr.

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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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