This blog was funded by Oregon Sea Grant, which paid me to hire three very talented students from the Graphic Arts Department at Oregon State University, who put the website together for me, Beth Kerrigan, Joi Chang (Joi painted our fish) and Francisco Juarez http://people.oregonstate.edu/~juarezf/
The site was also a pilot project in public history, while I was an instructor at the School of History, Philosophy, and Region at Oregon State University.
What is public history? It is history produced by and for the public, history that is seen, heard, read and interpreted by a popular audience. It emphasizes non-traditional evidence and new ways of asking questions, and new ways of presenting information. Because the focus in on the public context of scholarship, it trains historians to reach audiences outside the traditional academic academy. It’s the perfect vehicle for looking at something as complex, dynamic, and multi-disciplinary as fishing.