Commercial Fisherman James Alan Ruhle, Sr. of Wanchese, N.C. has passed away

The commercial fishing industry has lost one of its biggest advocates, James Alan Ruhle, Sr., at the age of 75. Twenty-one weeks to the hour after his bride, he set out for the last time on the morning of September 28, 2023. Born in Oceanside, NY on January 4, 1948, to the late Phil and Gloria Ruhle, James later moved to Wanchese at the age of 15, where he made his home for over 60 years. In 1966, he married the love of his wife, Kathy Daniels, and followed his dream of working on the water as a commercial fisherman. Although Jimmy did not finish high school, the education he received in the ocean surpassed anything taught from a textbook. If there was anyone who had fishing in his veins, it was Jimmy. He recognized early on the importance of sustainability in the fishing industry. He served nine years faithfully on the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council and positively affected the industry through legislation. Although he loved his family dearly, his most prized possession is the F/V Darana R, which he had proudly and successfully captained for almost 50 years! So many times, he’d say with a big smile and heart full of pride; “That ol boat has been good to us,” and he was right!>>click to read<< 11:55

2 Responses to Commercial Fisherman James Alan Ruhle, Sr. of Wanchese, N.C. has passed away

  1. Joel Hovanesian says:

    So sorry to hear this news. Jim was someone that I proudly called my friend.
    His advocacy for the fishing industry was tireless and honest. His boots will be very difficult to fill for sure.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Ruhle family during these difficult times.
    Rest in peace my friend.

  2. james R Lovgren says:

    Shocking news. Jimmy has done more for the fishing industry through his ability to work with NMFS, the fishery Councils, and scientific community than anybody I know of in my 50 years of involvement as a fisherman. My thoughts and prayers to his family.

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