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Still Fishin' Author Visits Prince Rupert

Posted: June 13, 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 give a slide presentation and talk based on his book at 2:00pm on Saturday, June 19 at Eddie’s News Stand, 611 2nd Avenue West in Prince Rupert. 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 Russ Arnet of Prince Rupert, who switched from seining salmon and herring to fishing crab and still remains optimistic about the fishery. 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.

This event is free, and is made possible with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Eddie’s News Stand. For more information, please phone (250) 624-4777.