I will present a brief history of fish processing along the
Pacific Coast of California and Oregon, and recollect some childhood memories of “laying about” in fish houses
and fishing boats in my “home port” of Fort Bragg. As many of you know, the past 25 years of my career have been spent
representing commercial fishermen as the executive director and counsel for one of the nation’s larger fishing organizations,
and much of that time has been dedicated to fish and fish habitat conservation. But my own roots were shoreside, where my
father owned or was partners in fish processing plants in northern California and Oregon.
Grader, Z. A Brief History of Fish Processing in California and Oregon. In: Microbehavior and Macroresults:Proceedings of the Tenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute ofFisheries Economics and Trade, July 10-14, 2000, Corvallis, Oregon, USA.Compiled by Richard S. Johnston and Ann L. Shriver. InternationalInstitute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2001.