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Still Fishin’ Author Alan Haig-Brown Tours Vancouver Island

Posted: May 17, 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 be touring Vancouver Island with a slide presentation and talk based on his book at the following locations:

· Tuesday, May 25 at 6:30pm at the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library, 90 Commercial Street in Nanaimo (co-sponsored by Nanaimo Maps & Charts)
· Wednesday, May 26 at 7:00pm at Coho Books, 1074 Shoppers Row in Campbell River
· Thursday, May 27 at 2:00pm at the Courtenay Library, #300-6th Street in Courtenay (co-sponsored by Laughing Oyster Bookshop)
· Saturday, May 29 at 1:00pm at the Port Hardy Museum & Archives, 7110 Market Street in Port Hardy

At the events 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 events are free, and are made possible in part with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. For more information, contact the venues or email