Category Archives: George Moskovita

Captain George Moskovita Memoir to be republished by OSU Press

We are extremely pleased (thrilled, actually!) to announce that Oregon State University Press is going to republish Living off the Pacific Ocean Floor, the memoir by pioneer Astoria trawler, Captain George Moskovita. We are big fans of George, and grateful … Continue reading

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The Ballad of the Hake, by Herb Shippen

We are close to finishing our book, which means we have been thinking a lot of about the 1960s and the foreign boats showing up off the coast of Oregon and Washington, as Bob Hitz has told us about. More … Continue reading

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Knowing by way of the boats

We’ve been fascinated by the way Bob Hitz has been uncovering an aspect of history that has received little attention, the gear development group headed by Dayton Lee Alverson.  It shows there was a coordinated federal effort to expand commercial … Continue reading

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The long, strange voyage of the Western Flyer continues…

Kevin Bailey has an update on the Western Flyer. It sank last January and was raised again on July 5.  It was towed to Pt. Townsend. Work has begun to dismantle the boat. The deckhouse will be taken off and … Continue reading

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Fishing in Oregon–thanks to Monterey, CA., and Seattle, WA.

It has been with a great deal of pleasure that we’ve gotten back to our current preoccupation, which is short history of the development of fisheries and fisheries science in Oregon, which we will use in the class we’re teaching … Continue reading

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Oregon’s first fishery collapse

We’re excited to see a new exhibit at the Columbia River Maritime Museum, on sharks. The Museum has a splashy new theater and will be showing Sharks 3D, presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau. But there will be another star, on a … 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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George Yost Harry and the Study of Oregon Marine Fish

If you’re interested in marine fisheries off Oregon, you read George Yost Harry’s 1956 thesis. Dr. Harry with my book, a bit of shameless self-promotion, September, 2012. I finally got to meet Dr. Harry  when I was in Seattle last … Continue reading

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Remembering Margo

It’s been awhile since the Pacific Fishery History Project has been very active. I had some technical problems. As always, I have been busy teaching. My book All the Fish in the Sea: Maximum Sustained Yield and the Failure of … Continue reading

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“Living off the Pacific Ocean Floor”

“In 1965, we found new fishing grounds for Ocean Perch off the Oregon Coast. We were running and I was watching the fathometer. Suddenly I saw a big black spot on the screen. I got pretty excited because I knew … Continue reading

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