National Fisherman


The documentary film "Dirty Energy" opens like one of British Petroleum's TV commercials, touting the cleaned-up beaches and bountiful harvests of plump pink shrimp of the Gulf of Mexico. A white crane stands as elegantly as a question mark in crystalline Gulf waters as the hypnotic sound of rushing water engulfs you.

The camera pans over the eddying, undulating sea. You want to go there. You want to be there — until the screen fills with a psychedelically gross oil slick; a thick viscous mat of black, brown and orange crude oil, lapping up against the edge of a Louisiana bayou.

In "Dirty Energy," director Bryan Hopkins of Wyandotte peers into the human cost of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, which began in April 2010 and continues to this day despite BP's commercials to the contrary.

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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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