Tag Archives: Jack Marincovich

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 

Well Preserved

In 1979, Bumble Bee Seafoods divested some of its properties on the Lower Columbia River. Nine fishermen purchased seven acres in Clifton from the seafood company. The property included a cluster of cannery-related buildings such as a net storage and receiving station, boat shed, net drying racks and bunkhouse. Jack Marincovich, now 83, was one of those nine fishermen. He grew up in Clifton and is encyclopedic in his recollection of its buildings and their occupants. “It was a pretty tight community,” he recalled. Read the article here 19:41