More Books on Fish

The World of the Oregon Fishboat: A Study in Maritime Folklore

December 10th, 2009

Janet C. Gilmore, The World of the Oregon Fishboat: A Study in Maritime Folklore, (Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1986).

The most comprehensive look at fishing in Oregon was produced in 1986, by Janet Gilmore, produced out the research she did while teaching a class in folklore at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology during the 1975. Her students began bringing her information about the fishing fleet. Gilmore was soon hooked on finding out more about the industry. She moved to Charleston, found a part-time job to finance her research, and set to work inventorying and cataloging the boats moored around the bay. She had the invaluable assistance of Paul Heikkila, who was the Coos Bay Sea Grant Extension Agent at the time. As Gilmore put it, her book concentrates “within the sphere of relationships and communicative behavior that integrates the world at sea with the world ashore through the medium of the fishboat (16).”

The Sea Knows No Boundaries

November 16th, 2009

The Sea Knows No Boundaries: A Century of Marine Science Under ICES
by Helen Rozwadowski

“For a detailed account of research and related activities involving the contribution of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) throughout the 20th century, and also the related activities of the International Commission for the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries (ICNAF) and its Standing Committee on Research and Statistics one can do no better than read Helen Rozwadowski’s comprehensive book published in 2002.” – Sidney Holt

Fathoming the Ocean

November 16th 2009

Fathoming the Ocean: The Discovery and Exploration of the Deep Sea
by Helen Rozwadowski

Helen Rozwadowski not only knows a lot about fishing, she knows a lot about oceanography and fascination that people have always had for the sea. I love this book; I love the way Helen has captured the excitement in Victoria England and the U.S., as the general public falls in love with exploring the oceans. Helen writes about little boys in sailor suits, Queen Victoria going dredging, and some of the events that led up to the Challenger expedition. It’s also a rollicking good read, and it won the Ida and Henry Schuman Prize from the History of Science Society last year.

A Science on the Scales

November 16th, 2009

A Science on the Scales: Canadian Fisheries Biology, 1898-1939
by Jennifer Hubbard

This is a wonderful book about Atlantic fisheries history. My favorite part is Jennifer’s account of the development of marine biological stations around the world, and the events leading up to the establishment of the St. Andrew’s Station in New Brunswick. If you’re interested in rooting the development of fisheries history and how it fits into the wider picture of Victorian science, this is the book for you. It won the North American Society for Oceanic History’s 2006 John Lyman Award for Canadian Naval and Maritime History.

Salmon Without Rivers

November 16th, 2009

Salmon Without Rivers: A History of the Pacific Salmon Crisis
By James A. Lichatowich

Written by one of the Northwest’s most respected fishery sciences, Salmon Without Rivers is a beautifully written account of the interactions between the stocks of salmon in the Northwest, and the Indian and white settlers who have depending on them for a livelihood. A must read for anybody interested in the Northwest’s most iconic fish—and in the controversies that continue to swirl around the management of them.

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