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Oregon pilchards and California sardines

It’s suddenly spring and I have two talks coming up, so I’ve been scrambling to pull together some additional information on the early Oregon fisheries. I’m speaking on Thursday, May 6, at the Mill Casino in Coos Bay, as part … Continue reading

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An Oregon Fishing Timeline

It’s been an exciting week for the Pacific Fishery History Project. Our partners from the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum were in Corvallis to meet with our Public History 299 class. The museum is planning a new exhibit on fishing … Continue reading

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"An Enormous, Immensely Complicated Intervention"

There is no question that fisheries management is “An enormously, immensely complicated intervention,” as Spencer Apollonio and Jacob Dykstra write in their new book about the New England Fishery Management Council. Both authors have long experience with the council: Dykstra … Continue reading

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Research Projects

We’re going be starting work shortly with the Coos Bay Historical and Maritime Museum, as they work to put together a new exhibit on Oregon fishing history, designed to open in October of 2011. We’re really excited by this partnership … Continue reading

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Welcome To The Pacific Fishery History Project!

CHECK OUT OUR THREE NEW RESEARCH PROJECTS!!!! TWO NEW BOOK REVIEWS! NEW BLOG POSTS! People have fished for thousands of years but the history of fishing is really not well documented. There are an increasing number of books about individual … Continue reading

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Dutch Herring, An Environmental History

Dutch Herring, An Environmental History, Bo Poulsen, (Amsterdam: Aksant Publishing, 2008). This is a totally cool book, one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read about fishing. I always assumed that the Dutch herring fishery, the largest and most … Continue reading

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Shaping the Shoreline, by Connie Y. Chiang

Shaping the Shoreline: Fisheries and Tourism on the Monterey Coast, Connie Y. Chiang, (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008). There is always tension between the fishing and tourism industries. The tourists like to have a bit of the industry atmosphere … Continue reading

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Oregon's Fishery for Mink Food

You never know what you’re going to find when you start poking around in history. I didn’t expect to find that one of the important events in the development of the Oregon trawl fishery was to be a cheap source … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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