A long time ago, when we were a tiny bloglet, still at the conceptual stages, we thought it would be great to start assembling some of the fabulous content about fisheries that is available on the web. We never quite got to having the resources to do that but we’re thrilled that the Alaska Fisheries and Science Center (AFSC) , a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has come up with this website looking at the center’s work and the development of fisheries in the Pacific.
As we have ranted many time, most of the environmental history around fisheries focuses on the Atlantic and there is not much about the Pacific. As Seattle attorney Edward Allen, a wheel back in fishery politics in the 1950s, once said, about the State Department, that it was staffed by men who “were not Westerners and I fear still concentrate their gaze on the Atlantic even if it is now only a puddle in international importance compared with the Pacific.”
Our feelings exactly.
The site appears to have a great deal of content. We were especially pleased to see, for example, on the page for the great biologist Charles Gilbert, links to the excellent history of his work by J. Richard Dunn. There are also links to some very nice papers, many of them published in Marine Fisheries Review, always my first stop when we’re looking for some background information.
We’ve bookmarked this site and we’re sure to be going back to it as we continue our research into the development of fisheries in the Pacific. This is a huge and welcome contribution.
 Letter, Allen to Guy Cordon, Feb. 28, 1947, Box 4, Folder 13. Papers of Edward Allen, University of Washington Special Collections