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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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The labor problem with king crab

“We’re on our way to hell, mate!”[1] That’s the opening line of a gripping short story about life on a Japanese king crab canning boat in the 1930s. The story was written by Takiji Kobayashi (1903-1933), one of the most … 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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“Made in America—Russia’s Great Floating Cannery”

We are intrigued at the number of post-war fishing boats that were built in the United States for delivery to foreign countries. According to the pages of Pacific Fisherman, one of the lend lease projects was a 360-foot crab canning … 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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PACIFIC EXPLORER – Second Trip – Getting Ready, part 1 of 2

  Charles R. (Bob) Hitz         Bob’s Posting 15A     May 24, 2014 The 410 foot Factory ship Pacific Explorer sailed from Seattle on March 26, 1948 (1) and headed for the Bering Sea to fulfill the objective of the World … Continue reading

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