Fisheries Policy at Fisher Poets

Fisheries Policy at Fisher Poets

Photo: Astoria harbor and bridge, via Flickr/Wikipedia. Astoria, Oregon is the perfect setting for turning back the clocks to reminisce on the old ways of the fishermen. This place used to house the saltiest people of the sea who nestled into town after crossing the world’s most dangerous intersection where the grand Columbia River enters […]

Deserts and Oceans: What Bighorn Sheep Can Teach Us About Marine Fisheries

Deserts and Oceans: What Bighorn Sheep Can Teach Us About Marine Fisheries

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to assist with a desert bighorn sheep (ovis canadensis nelson) recovery and translocation project in the Chihuahuan Desert of west Texas. We captured 82 bighorns by helicopter, carried them to a processing station where we collected blood samples, hair samples, nasal swabs and the like; GPS […]

A Graybeard Rockfish Retrospective

A Graybeard Rockfish Retrospective

I remember fishing like the ocean would never run out of fish. I’m 92 years old today, and I was 52 when the Magnuson-Stevens Act was written. Back then I didn’t know anything about it. It seemed like any other Washington, DC project happening at the time: far-out ideas a faraway place. I was more […]

Managing Fisheries for Generations to Come

Managing Fisheries for Generations to Come

Photo: Oregon coast, via Wikipedia Just like a day on the water, if you pay attention, you can learn something every day, even stuck in a large meeting room full of representatives with diverse interests. I attended the first (hopefully annual) Roadmap to the Outdoors Symposium sponsored by many great companies, agencies and organizations. It’s […]

Yosemite, 1903, and Two Poles in Fisheries Management

Yosemite, 1903, and Two Poles in Fisheries Management

In his 1977 book, The Unsettling of America, Wendell Berry identified two poles running through America’s engagement with its natural resources. These two poles he calls exploitation and nurture. “The exploiter is a specialist,” says Berry, “the nurturer is not. The standard of the exploiter is efficiency; the standard of the nurturer is care. The […]

Think Globally; Fish Locally

Think Globally; Fish Locally

A thought that saturates my consciousness with respect to conservation in general is what I have come to think of as the psychological problem of urbanization. Since the high middle ages, in the West, people have been increasingly, gradually, aggregating in cities. And this aggregation is speeding up. A threshold was crossed in the American […]