Category Archives: Rachel Carson Center

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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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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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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Cleaning our desk

We are extremely pleased to say that the book has gone to our publisher at last. Alert readers will remember this is the project we started during our fellowship at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, almost three years ago. … Continue reading

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A new idea about a very old and wicked set of problems

A wicked problem is a social science term to describe problems where the solutions are impossible because everything is so complicated, messy, and generally contradictory.  Like fisheries, policy, for example. A London think tank, the New Economics Foundation, has just … Continue reading

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Surprise from the Deep

  BY: Charles R. “Bob” Hitz        Sept. 16, 2012 As a novice fisheries biologist on the deck of the R/V John N. Cobb I saw an unbelievable sight that will remain with me forever.  It was when haul # 20 … Continue reading

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Sometimes you don’t get the answers you want

One of the things about doing history is that you get great ideas.  Sometimes those ideas pan out, sometimes they don’t.  One of my fondest great ideas has just been laid to rest, thanks to the courteous efforts of Christian … Continue reading

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Jergen Westrheim and Rockfish

We’re just back from a quick visit to St. Petersburg, Russia, where I had a chance to visit with Dr. Julia Lajus, a historian of science at European University. We had a long talk about the history of fisheries science … Continue reading

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Post-war fishing and science fiction

I’ve been thinking a lot about the industrialization of fishing. For scientists during the 1960s, the problems with fish weren’t conserving them, it was finding efficient ways to catch and process them. In a great deal of scientific writing during … Continue reading

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We Go Global–Following Redfish to Germany

The Project is off to Munich, Germany. We have a fellowship at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, and we’re pretty excited about it. The RCC is a great place, littered with interesting environmental historians, geographers, anthropologists. It’s … Continue reading

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