Category Archives: Albacore tuna

O. E. Sette and the birth of fisheries oceanography

  We have just been having the best time, rooting around and finding out all kinds of interesting stuff! It all started with our old friend, Dr. Ellen Pikitch, won this year’s Oscar E. Sette award for Outstanding Marine Fishery … Continue reading

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Japanese fishing for tuna in the Indian Ocean, 1956

One of the great things about doing research are the little aha! moments that come when you find something interesting–in this case, a clipping from a 1956 article in Pacific Fisherman, about the Japanese fishery for tuna in the Indian … Continue reading

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Astoria, 1947

There are many ways of looking at history. We can look at events, or at the people who were involved in the events, and we can look at how things came together in significant ways.  There is often another dimension … Continue reading

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WESTERN FLYER – BUILT AS A SEINER

By Charles R. Hitz,  Blog # 34                     Aug. 28, 2015 Western Flyer is an interesting vessel. I became more aware of her when I was talking to Kevin Bailey, who was writing a book about her. At that time … Continue reading

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Nick Bez and his clear conscience

“The tuna business is largely concentrated in Southern California. That industry, which always shows surface indications of bursting apart violently from internecine squabble, is capable of uniting almost instantly to give the most ruthless competition, in either the production, processing, … Continue reading

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The Conversation in the Row Boat

We heard about this picture long before we finally found it (years later, at the Truman Presidential Library). After our weeks working in the American Tuna Association archives at Scripps, we had a thick file of paper about Nick Bez. … Continue reading

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PACIFIC EXPORER – The First Trip – South America

Charles R. (Bob) Hitz          Bobs Posting 12                          Oct. 4, 2013 When Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese on Dec. 7, 1941 the world was changed instantly and the U.S. was in World War II.  Projects were put on hold … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Story of Nick Bez and the Pacific Explorer, (corrected May 11, 2016)6r

We’ve been getting ready to teach, and that means we have been thinking about telling stories about the development of fishing and fisheries science in the Pacific. This is one of our favorite things to do, and it’s pretty challenging, … Continue reading

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Oregon’s pink shrimp fishery, 1951

California played a pivotal role in the development of Oregon’s marine fisheries. Oregon’s pilchard fishery and the albacore tuna fishery were both influenced by California fishermen and their boats. And so was the development of the pink shrimp fishery. I’ve … Continue reading

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Albacore tuna, the new Oregon fishery in 1937

It’s not often we get such a precise date for the start of a fishery. The Oregon albacore (Germo alalunga) fishery began on Aug. 11, 1936, when the California pilchard boat Robin caught a ton of fish off Coos Bay.[1] … Continue reading

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