Category Archives: Marine Policy

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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So many ships, so few fish

The blog has written a lot about the Soviet boats fishing off the West Coast of the United States during the 1960s.  But there weren’t just Soviet boats.  Dayton Lee Alverson has told us about the day in March of … 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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A link to my paper in ICES

I’ve had a scholarly paper published, in ICES, the international fisheries journal. I wrote it with my major professor, Naomi Oreskes, and it’s nice to see it in print at last. What does my paper have to do with President … Continue reading

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An invitation to colloborate on writing the history of fishing and fisheries science

With the start of the new year, it’s an appropriate time to make a resolution and mine is to invite more voices to participate in helping to write about the history of the development of fisheries and fisheries science in … Continue reading

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Soviet fishing in the Gulf of Alaska during the 1930s

Since I’m a historian, I’m interested in why and how things happened. Between Bob Hitz and I, we’ve had plenty of posts about the Soviet fishing fleet off Washington and Oregon in the 1960s. But when and why did the … Continue reading

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So why were those Soviet boats fishing off Washington?

The short answer is that the U.S. State Department wanted them to. Or, more precisely, the Departments of State and Defense did not want to do anything to prevent Soviet boats from fishing off both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts … Continue reading

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The power of fishy old ideas

Never underestimate the appeal of a simple idea. The New York Times reports this week on an unusual alliance between small boat fishermen and environmentalists, joining forces against the larger boats that catch approximately 98 percent of the 100,000 tons … Continue reading

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Why am I interested in all this fishy history?

Well, I am a historian. And the short answer is that it’s been roughly 60 years since the Soviet fleets decimated the population of Pacific Ocean Perch off Oregon and Washington, and the stocks still have not recovered. There has … Continue reading

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So, how long did it take for rosefish to crash?

About six years for the stocks off Alaska and British Columbia. Three years for the stocks off Oregon and Washington. It was fast. And it set off a cascade of ecological changes that we still do not completely understand. The … Continue reading

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