If David Goethel was a cat, he would be in the market for more lives. But David is a small boat fisherman, an endangered species, who works tirelessly for himself and others like him to survive. Follow along on that journey, sea stories and autobiography mixed with twists and turns of science and management as David and his family work relentlessly to feed America sustainable seafood. Fishing is not a job; it is a way of life. David is determined to maintain that life fighting through storm tossed adversity that nature lays out endlessly, and the new sinister efforts of a modern society who live on land and have no concept of how those at sea ensure their own survival as well as the fish on which they depend. Reading Endangered Species will take readers on a journey through time while demonstrating why some individuals will always be called to work the sea.
David Goethel retired from commercial fishing in 2022 and splits his time with his wife, Ellen, and parrots, Huey and Stuart, between Hampton, New Hampshire, and Stuart, Florida. In Stuart, he surf casts for pompano and other species. In Hampton, he fishes recreationally for the wide range of species in the Gulf of Maine. The author remains active in both science and fishery management at both the state and federal level, serving on one council advisory panel and one ASMFC advisory panel. He also serves on two volunteer fishing organizations’ boards of directors, helping to promote sustainable fishing practices. David continues to promote cooperative research, scientists and fishermen working on research projects together to aid in solving the many problems that still plague fishery management.