Category Archives: Overfishing

A Review of All the Boats, by Dr. Donald Gunderson

All the Boats on the Ocean: How Government Subsidies Created overfishing, 1945-1976, University of Chicago Press, 2017. By Donald Gunderson This book is a well-written, scholarly, and engaging history of state subsidies for the fishing industry. This carefully researched book … Continue reading

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All the Science in an Ear Stone

With All the Boats on the Ocean being published in February, it’s time to think about how to carry on the story of the development of fisheries and fisheries science in the Pacific. I always thought I’d need a trilogy … Continue reading

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Blurbers blurb about my new book!

One of the many nice things about publishing a book is that the press solicits people to say nice things about it, for printing on the back cover. These mini-book reviews are called blurbs, and the people who write them … Continue reading

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We dust! We clean! We re-organize!

We are telling a lot of stories here at the Pacific Fishery History Project, and since we have trouble keeping them straight, we’re sure it’s a problem for our loyal readers. Postings tend to be more than a little random. … 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

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Sea Magazine interviews Charles R. “Bob” Hitz

   

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How knowing something can lead you astray

We have had an interesting time over the past three years, learning how an assumption we made allowed us to ignore some evidence that we really should not have ignored. It took Bob Hitz, with his interest in finding the … Continue reading

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The Moskovita Memoir–this fall from OSU Press!

Faithful readers will know how excited we are that Oregon State University Press will be republishing Living Off the Pacific Ocean Floor, George Moskovita’s memoir about his five decades fishing on the West Coast. It is set for publication this … Continue reading

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The Western Flyer: Steinbeck’s Boat, The Sea of Cortez, and the Saga of Pacific Fisheries.

By Kevin M. Bailey. The University of Chicago Press, 2015. Reviewed by Donald Gunderson A rich blend of philosophy, ecology, history, and first-rate literature lies behind the unassuming title for The Western Flyer: Steinbeck’s Boat, The Sea of Cortez, and … Continue reading

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More American boats for post-war foreign fisheries

As we have noted, a number of fishing boats were either built or reconditioned shortly after World War II and shipped to various foreign countries.  In 1949, the U.S. Army bought 12 motor trawlers for the Germany fishing industry and … Continue reading

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