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About finleyc

I'm a writer and a historian of science. I'm interested in the intersection of science and policy in the oceans, and especially around fishing.

A Review of All the Boats, by Dr. Donald Gunderson

All the Boats on the Ocean: How Government Subsidies Created overfishing, 1945-1976, University of Chicago Press, 2017. By Donald Gunderson This book is a well-written, scholarly, and engaging history of state subsidies for the fishing industry. This carefully researched book … Continue reading

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The Further Scientific Career of the Pacific Flyer

We are enormously pleased to link to this article by by Colin Levings, Scientist Emeritus,  Department of Fisheries and Oceans, about his days on board the Western Flyer when it was chartered by the International Pacific Halibut Commission in  1962-63. The … Continue reading

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Remembering J. Richard Dunn, 1934-2017

Passed away in Tacoma, Washington on March 22, 2017. Jean, a resident of Seattle since 1960, was born on June 27, 1934 in Coalinga, California, the only child of Jesse D. and Alice M. Dunn. He attended the local school, … Continue reading

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Me and page 99

I’ve never thought much about a popular Internet idea, that reading a page of a book can sum up the book. But thanks to Marshal Zeringue at the Campaign for the American Reader,  if you were curious about having to read the … Continue reading

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A warm welcome for All the Boats

It’s been an exciting week, with the book coming out. First Nature gave it a mention: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v543/n7644/pdf/543177a.pdf And then it was reviewed in Science. http://science.sciencemag.org/content/sci/355/6329/1030.1.full.pdf    

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All the Science in an Ear Stone

With All the Boats on the Ocean being published in February, it’s time to think about how to carry on the story of the development of fisheries and fisheries science in the Pacific. I always thought I’d need a trilogy … Continue reading

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Another Astoria, 1947, moment

What I love most about writing history is the way information connects and how stories can be woven into frameworks for a greater understanding. History is not about the past, it is a powerful lens that allows you to understand … Continue reading

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Blurbers blurb about my new book!

One of the many nice things about publishing a book is that the press solicits people to say nice things about it, for printing on the back cover. These mini-book reviews are called blurbs, and the people who write them … Continue reading

Posted in Cold War, Environmental History, Fisheries policy, fisheries science, History of Science, History of Technology, Marine Policy, Maritime History, Maximum Sustained Yield (MSY), Overfishing, Pacific Fishing History Project, Rachel Carson Center, Soviet environmental history, World History | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

We dust! We clean! We re-organize!

We are telling a lot of stories here at the Pacific Fishery History Project, and since we have trouble keeping them straight, we’re sure it’s a problem for our loyal readers. Postings tend to be more than a little random. … Continue reading

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Still another voice from Astoria in the 1930s

We love it when families retrace their involvement in the fishing industry. The family of Lyle Anderson, who worked at Bioproducts in Warrenton, have been compiling information about their father’s career as a chemist making fish oils, pet food, and … Continue reading

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