Category Archives: Overfishing

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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Our 90th post! What’s next?

We are extremely pleased that Bob Hitz has taken the time to organize the blog a bit, by compiling a list of all my posts (you can find a list of Bob’s posts here). For some time now, we’ve been … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Story of Nick Bez and the Pacific Explorer, (corrected May 11, 2016)6r

We’ve been getting ready to teach, and that means we have been thinking about telling stories about the development of fishing and fisheries science in the Pacific. This is one of our favorite things to do, and it’s pretty challenging, … Continue reading

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What shifting baselines really look like

This is an incredible picture of an incredible fish–a rockfish that scientists estimate was around 200 years old when it was caught in June off Alaska. We’ve been reading and writing about rockfish for quite awhile, but all the ones … 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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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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1966 and the Soviet fishing fleet appears off the Oregon Coast

 Charles R (Bob) Hitz                                                  October 14, 2012 I was assigned to go to sea on the R/V John N. Cobb as chief scientist on an exploratory hake cruise and we headed out the Straits of Juan de … Continue reading

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The Day Fishing Changed for American Fishermen

I’ve written a lot about the development of fishing for rosefish (or redfish, or Pacific Ocean Perch) along the West Coast after World War II. Starting in 1945, fishermen like Captain Gordon White out of Newport started fishing in deeper … Continue reading

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