Wishing our Readers a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

2010 was a good year for Philips Publishing Group, and for Fishermen’s News and I write today to thank all of you whose support helped us achieve this success.

The fishing industry is a wonderful place to work, mostly because of the special character of those who work in it.

Whether born into the industry as my brother Chris and I were, or otherwise drawn to it, most of us are involved in it because we were called to it. As a result, the relationships we make are all the more satisfying because they are made in the furtherance of shared goals and values.

My father, Dick Philips, edited Fishermen’s News in the 70’s and early 80’s. He felt it important that he use his position to not only write about the fishing industry, but also to actively advocate on behalf of the independent commercial fishing fleet that makes up our readership.

When my brother Chris and I founded Philips Publishing Group in 2000, we based our company on the core values our father instilled in us: ethical, truthful and complete reporting of the issues and championing the causes that benefit the fishing industry and the communities that the industry supports.

Entering our 66th year of publication, Fishermen’s News continues as the voice of that advocacy.

We look forward to continuing to promote the West Coast independent commercial fishermen through Fishermen’s News, through our professional conferences and through the civic involvement of Philips Publishing Group staff.

And, we look forward to working with all of you who also advocate on behalf of our industry; educating the regulators, legislators, policymakers, environmental special interests, and the general business public about the economic value our industry represents and the social and cultural importance of the maritime and commercial fishing industries to the North American West Coast.

We wish you and your family a Happy and Prosperous New Year and look forward to seeing you next year on the waterfront.

Peter Philips
Philips Publishing Group