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 […]

Fisheries Management Gone Right

Fisheries Management Gone Right

It’s been about two months since I’ve spent any measureable time on the water here in Oregon. Can’t say I felt I was missing much, when late-run Chinook catches were grim, the rivers were high, and the rain cold and ample. Even the drive down from Portland to the coast tonight seemed unusually long. Been […]