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WESTERN FLYER – Converted to a Trawler

By Charles (Bob) Hitz, Nov. 11, 2015   Blog Post 36 After World War II the bottom fish market began to grow. Petrale sole made up a large percentage of the landings and the catch of rockfish, specifically Pacific Ocean perch … Continue reading

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Nick Bez and his clear conscience

“The tuna business is largely concentrated in Southern California. That industry, which always shows surface indications of bursting apart violently from internecine squabble, is capable of uniting almost instantly to give the most ruthless competition, in either the production, processing, … Continue reading

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The DEEP SEA and the Fish and Wildlife Service

  Charles R. (Bob) Hitz              Bob’s Posting 28                     Feb. 13, 2015 When I was on the Cobb between 1960 and 1970, Pete Larson, the skipper (1959 -1981) used to talk about Jose Franco, who was skipper 1956 -1957. He said … Continue reading

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Overlooking king crab

  We must say we have really overlooked the importance of king crab in the development of fisheries in the North Pacific. The development of crab canning vessels, first by the Japanese, and then by Soviets, were significant developments in … Continue reading

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The M/V Washington goes to Korea, December, 1949

Writing history is a lot like doing a massive jigsaw puzzle, only most of the pieces are missing. We sometimes wonder why we bother, but occasionally we’re able to fit a couple of pieces together and that is always very … Continue reading

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M/V DEEP SEA – Exploratory Cruise # 2 – June 1947

 Charles R. (Bob) Hitz              Bob’s Post # 24             Oct. 31, 2014   The Washington returned from the Bering Sea on October 23, 1948, after completing Exploratory Cruise # 1. She had been designated as the exploratory vessel for the … Continue reading

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R/V WASHINGTON – First Exploratory Cruise

  Charles R. (Bob) Hitz              Bob’s posting # 20                           July 14, 2014 In Crowther’s 1949 article (Posting # 19) he states “For the vast area of the waters off the continental United States, there are at present only … Continue reading

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Exploratory Fishing

Charles R. (Bob) Hitz Bob’s Post # 19 June 26, 2014 I was hired as a “Methods and Equipment Specialist” and it has mystified me for years. I was in the masters program at the College of Fisheries at the … Continue reading

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PACIFIC EXPLORER – Ed Best – Photos

Charles R. (Bob) Hitz              Bob’s Posting 17                  June 4, 2014 I had the opportunity to talk with Ed about his experiences on the Kiska when he went to the Bering Sea in March 1948. He had taken a … Continue reading

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PACIFIC EXPLORER – Second Trip – The Bering Sea, part 2 of 2

Charles R. (Bob) Hitz         Bob’s Posting 15B     May 24, 2014 Due to reports of ice in the Bering Sea they changed the rendezvous point to Pavlof Bay on the south side of the Alaskan Peninsula. This was an area … Continue reading

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