Save the research vessel John N. Cobb – A part of NW fishing science could be lost

On Feb. 26, 1962, Charles R. “Bob” Hitz volunteered for his first assignment as chief scientist aboard the John N. Cobb, a 93-foot wooden-hulled research vessel operated by the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries. He was 29 years old and had worked for the bureau two years. Departing Seattle, he and nearly a dozen other crew and scientists motored out of the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the mouth of the Columbia River to take samples of fish for the Atomic Energy Commission. The AEC wanted to know whether fish in the Pacific Ocean had picked up radioactive material from the Hanford nuclear plants hundreds of miles upriver. [email protected] 07:35