Category Archives: Resources About Fishing

In Memory of Dayton Lee Alverson, 1924-2013

It is with regret that we note the passing of Dayton Lee Alverson, a pioneering fisheries scientist who has frequently been mentioned on these pages. Dr. Alverson was born in San Diego, California in 1924 and joined the U.S. Navy … 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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Bell Shimada, The Man and The Ship

Sometimes I think, once a newspaper reporter, always a newspaper reporter (or, as my brother Peter would put it, once a nosy person, always a nosy person).  I may officially be a historian, but I still get hooked by stories … Continue reading

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Another voice from Astoria in 1949

It was the spring of 1949 and the graduate students at the School of Fisheries at the University of Washington were all looking for jobs. The most exciting ones were in Alaska, but for a young biologist with a family … Continue reading

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We’re re-organizing…

The Pacific Fishery History page is re-organizing. Check back to see how we’re doing.

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The Albatross and Redfish

One of the things I love about history is way that bits of information connect and illuminate. I’ve been reading about the  Scorpaenidae family of fish, as I get started on my next research project (take a look at our … Continue reading

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My Research Cruise with Dr. Sidney Holt

The highlight of the 2009 summer was undoubtedly the 12th annual meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries History Association in Norfolk, Va., during August. http://www.hull.ac.uk/nafha/ Being able to talk with several dozen people who are interested in fisheries history was … Continue reading

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The Collapse of California Sardines and the Brief Rise of the Oregon Pilchard

I have been thinking about the ramifications of the collapse of the California sardine fishery in the 1940’s, thanks to re-reading a very good dissertation completed in 2003 by Gregory Cushman, who is now at the University of Kansas in … Continue reading

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Sidney Holt / Three Lumps of Coal

Historians love counter-factuals. What would the world have been like if Lincoln didn’t go to the Ford Theater. So here’s a counter-factual for those who are interested in fisheries history, what if Sidney Holt had followed through with his 1945 … Continue reading

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Hello world!

Welcome to the Pacific Fishery History Project.  We are in the very preliminary stages of starting to bring together people who are interested in the development of fishing in the Pacific. Since the project, at this point, is basically me … Continue reading

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