Tag Archives: Fishing

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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The further adventures of the R/V Oregon

On one of the our research trips to the National Administration and Records Administration visits (NARA), we looked through the files of Supreme Command Allied Powers (SCAP) during the American Occupation of Japan. This letter, from the Texas Game, Fish, … Continue reading

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Dr. George Yost Harry, 1919-2015

It is with regret that we write of the passing of Dr. George Yost Harry, who was a central figure in the early days of West Coast groundfish research.  Dr. Harry was one of the first employees the Oregon Fish … Continue reading

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Why am I interested in all this fishy history?

Well, I am a historian. And the short answer is that it’s been roughly 60 years since the Soviet fleets decimated the population of Pacific Ocean Perch off Oregon and Washington, and the stocks still have not recovered. There has … Continue reading

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George Yost Harry and the Study of Oregon Marine Fish

If you’re interested in marine fisheries off Oregon, you read George Yost Harry’s 1956 thesis. Dr. Harry with my book, a bit of shameless self-promotion, September, 2012. I finally got to meet Dr. Harry  when I was in Seattle last … 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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“Living off the Pacific Ocean Floor”

“In 1965, we found new fishing grounds for Ocean Perch off the Oregon Coast. We were running and I was watching the fathometer. Suddenly I saw a big black spot on the screen. I got pretty excited because I knew … Continue reading

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