The Last Days of Fishing

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In the Winter/Spring 2008 issue of Mains'l Haul (Vol. 44:1&2), titled The Last Days of Fishing, a cross section of articles explores the expansive history of the Pacific Fisheries. Inclusive is an overview of the early days of fishing in San Diego and the establishment of the Portuguese and Italian fishing communities in the late 1890s to the turn of the twentieth century. Having adapted many of the techniques of the Japanese fishermen, the Portuguese and Italian fishermen began building larger boats in the late 1920s, venturing farther into virgin waters and developing the technologies that would lead eventually to the pronouncement in the 1930s of San Diego as the "Tuna Capital of the World."

As World War II approached the tuna clippers were requisitioned for the war effort and some of those stories are presented; the clippers and their captains going off to war, followed by a complete list of the fishing vessels which became known as "Yippies" (YP vessels).

A personal interview with Don Luis Bernstein Riveroll affords a glimpse of the history of the Cedros Island cannery, in Baja California Sur, a remote outpost which became a hub of canning operations in the 1920s and 1930s, and still carries on operations today.

An early sportfishing pioneer, Frank Kiessig's (1881-1936) story is told by his son, Otto and his grandson Russell, giving the reader a unique insight into the early days of sportfishing.

The story of "Two Men and their boats" is central to the Maritime Museum of San Diego, as the two Italian fishermen tell their story of fishing together for half a century aboard their 32' Monterey fishing boats. Refurbished and sitting dockside at the Star of India, these small vessels are keepers of the memory of Joe De Santi and Tony Giacalone, and their traditional set-line fishing history.
Rounding out this issue, researchers from NOAA Fisheries Service, Southwest Fisheries Science Center of La Jolla, California, present an overview of their efforts to conserve, protect, and manage our most precious living marine resources.

This issue is richly illustrated with rare historical photographs and the inspired paintings of author/artist Ed Ries.
 

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