Category Archives: History of Science

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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FIELD ROCKFISH KEY

By: Charles R. (Bob) Hitz       Blog 41                                             Nov 9, 2016 I was aboard the John N. Cobb one evening in August, 1960 during my first exploratory trip when we anchored alongside Triangle Island, the westernmost island of the … Continue reading

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Our new cover!

We cannot say how pleased we are with the cover to the new book! We are simply thrilled and grateful to Christie Henry, our editor at the University of Chicago Press, and her team for coming up with this fantastic … Continue reading

Posted in boat building, Carmel Finley, Cold War, Environmental History, Fisherie subsidies, Fisheries economics, Fisheries policy, Fishing, History of Science, History of Technology, Japanese fishing, Maritime History, Nick Bez, Ocean fishing, Overfishing, Pacific Fishing History Project, Rosefish, Sebastes rockfish, Soviet environmental history, Soviet fishing, Soviet history', World History | 2 Comments

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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Captain George Moskovita and the R/V John N. Cobb

The Moskovita family has been kind enough to forward a package of pictures, newspapers clippings, and a couple of reports to us. We will be forwarding the material, especially the pictures, to the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria. But … Continue reading

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John Nathan Cobb, the man, not the ship

We here at the blog have written a great deal about the R/V John N. Cobb, but it occurs to us that readers might be interested in the human being behind the boat. He was an interesting man, a self-taught … Continue reading

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Soviet Invasion of POP – 1966

Charles R. (Bob) Hitz                                                     Bobs Posting 40 June 29, 2016 Nineteen sixty six was a catalytic year in many ways with the appearance of the … Continue reading

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Washington Trawl Fishing Log

Charles R. (Bob) Hitz Bob’s posting 39 May 13, 2016 I had the opportunity to visit Brad Pattie recently. I’d heard that he was ill with cancer so I called him, and during our discussion we touched on what he … Continue reading

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Happy 40th Birthday, Magnuson-Stevens Act!

They bracketed an era. Maggie, first elected as an FDR New Deal Democrat, who created the  modern American fishery, and Ted, the Alaska Republican who carved the empire into winners and losers, shaping the fishing industry of the US for … Continue reading

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Moskovita book for sale at history conference

You have no idea how pleasant it is to see a book you have worked on for sale. Even better would be watching somebody buy the book, but that has only happened to me once, when we went to a … Continue reading

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