Category Archives: Ocean fishing

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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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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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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FIRST CATCH – My First COBB Trip

By Charles R. (Bob) Hitz         Blog # 38                        Jan. 25, 2016 I had been waiting patiently for the skipper to give the command to retrieve the trawl after an hour of towing it along the bottom, hoping it would not … Continue reading

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RETRIEVING THE TRAWL – My First Cobb Trip

By: Charles R. (Bob) Hitz       Blog # 37                                 Jan. 2, 2016 It’s been over fifty-five years since I first observed the setting and retrieval of a trawl on the Cobb, and I still remember the excitement when the skipper … 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 – 2015 Wooden Boat Festival

By Bob Hitz,   Blog 35          Sept. 20, 2015 On Friday September 11, the first day of the 2015 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, I was on one of the new Washington State Ferries crossing Admiralty Inlet from Whidbey Island to … 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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