Tag Archives: Columbia River Fishermen’s Protective Union

Our View: Loss of Gillnetter magazine signals bellwether change

For all who care about the fishing industry and Columbia River heritage, the end of the Gillnetter is a sad occasion marking the close of an era (see “Magazine documented the life of fishermen,” The Daily Astorian, Jan. 8).  Combined with the atrophying of the Columbia River Fishermen’s Protective Union and the death Jan. 8 of legendary Ilwaco fish processor Pierre Marchand Jr., the loss of fishing’s longtime trade publication signals a bellwether change. >click here to read the story< 17:51 

The last Gillnetter: Magazine documented the life of fishermen

They cleaned out the office after Christmas. Into the moving van went the old signs and the newspaper clippings documenting achievements and battles for river fisheries. Out went the boxes filled with index cards listing the names of past Columbia River Fishermen’s Protective Union members — and the dates they died. And the faded photographs and paintings of fishing boats that have sunk, sold or come to rest in museums. And boxes of old Columbia River Gillnetter magazines, a union publication founded in 1969. click here to read the story 12:15 

Epic 1888 cruise of the USS Albatross netted details of pioneer fishermen

EP-160619926.jpg&MaxW=600The 1887 to 1889 cruise of the USS Albatross all along the mainland West Coast would have been an awe-inspiring adventure for anyone interested in American industrial and social history. The resulting “Report on the Fisheries of the Pacific Coast of the United States,” by J.W. Collins based on work by W.A. Wilcox and A.B. Alexander, is one of the best first-hand accounts we possess about the people and resources of the West Coast in a pivotal period. The Albatross poked into dozens of “small streams, bays, and harbors along the coast, many of which had not previously been investigated.” The original edition of the report — I recently found one for about $20 — is packed with detailed charts of river mouths and estuaries, showing canneries, fish traps, gillnet drifts, shellfish beds and dozens of other features. The charts of the Columbia River are humble masterpieces, but far too large to reproduce for a newspaper article. View 6 images read the rest here 07:24