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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.

If Wilbert Chapman was on Twitter….

  …I guarantee we’d all be following him, and I don’t follow anybody. One of the interesting things about him was how modern he was in creating a following. I’ve been through a lot of his papers, including is State … Continue reading

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Wilbert Chapman and World War II

I haven’t written much about Wilbert Chapman on the blog. He’s in both my books, and in various academic papers, but there is not much about him in these pages. I’m going to be writing a series of posts about … Continue reading

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One More Time, What am I Doing?

I’m feeling a little pompous for having grandly announced I’m writing again, and certainly on something predictable, at least for me. I am trying to make my work more accessible, because it is important to have new stories about the … Continue reading

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Writing Again, at Last

I’m writing again. I don’t know if anybody noticed, but there hasn’t been a lot of blog and that’s because I’ve been hung up on what the next book is going to be about. Now, as you can probably guess, … Continue reading

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COBB 2017 – A GOOD YEAR  

By: Charles R. (Bob) Hitz       Blog # 42 Final                  Dec. 28, 2017 By December 2017 the John N. Cobb was finally getting the loving care that she deserved after she was decommissioned in 2008.  Since that date she has … Continue reading

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The John N. Cobb to go for tuna!

  Oregon fisherman Ron Sloan has purchased the former federal research vessel John N. Cobb and recently towed it to Winchester Bay where it will be turned into a tuna vessel. According to Bob Hitz, the Astoria vessel Sunnfiord towed … Continue reading

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A review of The Fish Market

The Fish Market: Inside the Big-Money Battle for the Ocean and your Dinner, by Lee van der Voo, St. Martin’s Press, New York, 2017. I am utterly amazed by this book. Lee van der Voo has done something I thought … Continue reading

Posted in Fisheries policy, Fishing, George Moskovita, Marine Policy, Maritime History, Ocean fishing, Overfishing, Pacific Fishing History Project | Tagged | Leave a comment

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 Western 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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