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Alan Haig-Brown Launches New Book about BC Fishing Industry

Posted: April 26, 2010

Is the BC commercial fishing industry now on life support? It seems to be headed that way, but a new book by award-winning author Alan Haig-Brown offers many practical and persuasive reasons why it doesn’t have to be.

A veteran of the industry himself, Haig-Brown offers a “state of the industry” report in Still Fishin’: The BC Fishing Industry Revisited, discovering pockets of surprising activity among the vistas of closed processing plants, downsized fleets and corporate consolidation.

Haig-Brown will launch his book at 2pm on Sunday, May 2 at Britannia Heritage Shipyard, 5180 Westwater Drive in Richmond. At the event he will share stories about some of the people featured in Still Fishin’, fishermen such as seiner John Lenic, who is taking advantage of the miraculous reappearance in BC waters of the pilchard, once thought extinct, and Albert Radil and his two brothers, who have found success trawling hake in Queen Charlotte Sound. Boats will also get equal time with people and fish. Haig-Brown discusses the activities of fishboat superfan Randy Reifel, who uses his considerable wealth to buy up endangered boats and keep them in working order, and laments the destruction of some historic old seiners under the wrecking ball.

Alan Haig-Brown seined salmon and herring through the 1960s and early ’70s. He became editor of The Westcoast Fisherman in 1986 and later founded The Westcoast Mariner and The Westcoast Logger. He is a regular contributor to Professional Mariner magazine and several other publications. His award-winning books for Harbour Publishing include Fishing for a Living and The Fraser River. Haig-Brown lives in New Westminster, BC.

The book launch is free and open to the public, and is part of Britannia Heritage Shipyard’s summer season grand opening weekend celebrations and Doors Open Richmond, which offers free access to over 40 different arts, cultural and heritage locations on May 1st and 2nd. For more information, visit or email