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National Fisherman Announces 2013 Highliner Award Winners

Robert Heyano, Dillingham, Alaska, Robert Hezel, Clinton, Washington, and Jerry McCune, Cordova, Alaska, were named 2013 Highliners from the West Coast and Alaska by National Fisherman magazine.

The Highliner Awards honor three commercial fishermen who uphold a standard of excellence in their advocacy of the fishing industry.

    PORTLAND, ME, October 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- National Fisherman magazine is proud to announce its 2013 Highliners from the West Coast and Alaska.

- Robert Heyano of Dillingham, Alaska -- president of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association and skipper of the 32-foot drift gillnetter Lady Mindy;

- Robert Hezel of Clinton, Wash. -- skipper of the Fishermen's Finest 185-foot Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska trawler U.S. Intrepid, who has devoted his non-fishing hours to the Seattle Fishermen's Memorial, safety at sea and the reduction of trawl bycatch and seafloor impacts; and,

- Jerry McCune of Cordova, Alaska -- president of the United Fishermen of Alaska and the Cordova District Fishermen United, longtime industry lobbyist and skipper of the 33-foot drift gillnetter Wudahad.

The National Fisherman Highliner Awards are an annual tradition that began in 1975. Each year the magazine and its sponsoring partner Furuno honor three commercial fishermen who uphold a standard of excellence in their advocacy of the fishing industry.

Full profiles of the 2013 winners are in the December issue of National Fisherman.

The 2012 award winners hailed from the East and Gulf coasts. They were Wayne Werner of Alachua, Fla.; Dewey Hemilright of Kitty Hawk, N.C.; and Kevin Wark of Barnegat Light, N.J. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology professor and fishery scientist Brian Rothschild of New Bedford, Mass., accepted a Special Award for Lifetime Achievement.

For more information, visit www.NationalFisherman.com.

About National Fisherman Magazine

National Fisherman has been the industry standard for over 50 years. Readers from coast to coast depend on it to stay up to date on news, regulations, fish stocks, to research purchasing decisions and to stay informed of the newest vessel and product technology.

National Fisherman subscribers number over 30,000 and are primarily commercial fishermen who are vessel owners, captains or operators. An important large secondary audience consists of charter boat operators, workboat operators and other marine professionals. This totals tens of thousands of serious buyers of boats, electronics, engines and all types of fishing gear and services.

For more information, visit www.NationalFisherman.com.


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