Untangling the ‘Net’

Did you know that for many years, Fishermen’s News has had two separate locations on the internet where its content is housed?

First, there’s the “main” or “regular” Fishermen’s News website, fishermensnews.com, which contains the articles that appear here in the print edition of the magazine.

Then there’s Fishermen’s News Online (fnonlinenews.blogspot.com) where certain content has been traditionally posted, such as articles that are generated for our weekly Fishermen’s News newsletter. Even an early version of the editorial that you’re reading right now can be found there.

The reason I point this out is that at some point in the near future, the two shall become one, and all new content that we post on the internet will appear exclusively on the fishermensnews.com website.

As you may have noticed if you’re a regular visitor to either or both sites, the transition has actually been underway for quite a while. In fact, it’s virtually complete. If you go to the “main” site, you’ll see that all the stories from the weekly newsletter began appearing there in early August.

Just to be clear, for the time being, all the content that’s still on the Blogger site will remain there, but at some point, the site may be discontinued. FYI, a similar transition is taking place with our sister publication, Pacific Maritime Magazine.

These consolidations, we hope, will make things easier for you as a reader, as all the magazine and newsletter content will be all under one roof, so to speak, and you won’t have to search multiple websites to find it.

It’s just one example of the ways that we at Maritime Publishing continuously strive to improve how we serve our readers and subscribers.

Another example of this is the ability to find previous issues of the magazine online, which is another recent development. If you go to the “main” sites for both FN and PMM, you’ll find the addition of digital versions of previous issues of the magazine.

At present, you can find all articles from the April/May, June/July and August 2021 issues of each magazine by going to fishermensnews.com or pacmar.com and clicking on the “Issues” tab under the logo on the left side of the home page.

The hope is that eventually, all issues of both magazines printed by Maritime Publishing will be available in digital form on the magazines’ official websites. Again, it’s another way in which endeavor to appease our loyal readership.

On another topic, I’d also like to mention that we have a guest columnist featured in this month’s issue of FN: retired commercial fisherman Richard Evanow. If his name seems familiar, it’s because he also wrote last month’s guest editorial, the one about a misadventure he had while salmon fishing out of Coos Bay, Oregon on his boat, the f/v Frances E.

He didn’t receive an official introduction last issue, so I’m pleased to be able to give him one here. For this month’s issue, Richard has written a cautionary tale about an invaluable lesson he learned while fishing for crab along the Columbia River in Oregon. Even though it’s a lesson that was learned 57 years ago, it’s one that he’ll never forget and that he believes is worth sharing. His story can be found on page 38.

And if you have a story about a commercial fishing adventure that you’d like to share with our readership, please email it to the address below and we’ll let you know if and when we’ll be able to publish it in these pages.

Also, one final note—last month’s cover featured a gorgeous photo of a salmon seiner, the f/v Halcyon, that was shot in Skagit County by one of our esteemed photographers. The only problem is that the vessel was misidentified as a troller rather than a seiner.

Thanks to everyone who emailed to point this out, and we promise to be more careful in the future when identifying vessels. And by “we” of course, I mean “me.”

Thanks for reading.

Managing Editor Mark Nero can be reached at: mark@maritimepublishing.com