National Fisherman


GLOUCESTER, Mass. - They don't seem like television stars.

Seven tired, salty fisherman slunk down at a table, debating the next day's weather in thick Boston accents.

"Early, 2 a.m. could be best to head out to the boat. But - Ah!" Captain Paul Hebert yells, accidentally snapping a photo with his iPhone, flash beaming bright. "I just learned to use this thing. All I want is the weather."

The fishermen never expected to be in the spotlight, and it's obvious by their disheveled appearance and harsh language – not the picture of Hollywood glamour. But the rough-handed, sunburned men are the stars of National Geographic Channel's highly-rated series, Wicked Tuna.

The show, which follows commercial fishermen as they fish for lucrative bluefin tuna, has captured the attention of fishermen and reality-TV fans across the nation. The show is back for a third season Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT and there's a lot at stake.

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Inside the Industry

The Obama Administration recently announced that it is looking for candidates to be considered for a sustainable fishing prize.

The White House Champion for Change for Sustainable Seafood designation will honor individuals for “contributing to the ongoing recovery of America’s fishing industry and our fishing communities.”

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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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