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Catching the Ebb: Drift-Fishing for a Life in Cook Inlet
By Bert Bender and Tony Angell (illustrator)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Oregon State Univ Pr
Publication date October 15, 2008
Pages 285
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780870712968
ISBN-10 0870712969
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 8.75 in.
Weight 0.90 lbs.
Original list price $22.95
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: In a memoir that recounts thirty summers of fishing Alaska’s Cook Inlet, Bert Bender describes his parallel careers as a commercial gill-netter and a professor of American literature. His narrative celebrates the fishing life as he knew it; it also explores issues of sustainability in the commercial salmon fishery.Bender started fishing in 1963 with a thirty-foot sailboat converted to gas power; it had a 45-horsepower engine but no equipment for pulling in the net. Over the next decades, the fishery shifted as canneries adapted to new world markets for frozen salmon and fishermen built larger and more powerful boats. Following the Exxon Valdez disaster of 1989 and the subsequent rise of the farmed salmon industry, the Cook Inlet fishery experienced a decline. Bender traces this path of change, drawing on his academic specialties, American sea literature and the influence of evolutionary biology and ecology in American writing.The only book on Cook Inlet’s drift fishery, Catching the Ebb will appeal to readers interested in the sea or in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to its stories of people, boats, and the fishing life, the memoir addresses a question Bender posed in Sea-Brothers, a history of American sea fiction: Can we restrain our heedless pollution of the sea and avoid depleting ocean resources?

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With Bert Bender | from Oregon State Univ Pr (October 15, 2008)
9780870712968 | details & prices | 285 pages | 6.00 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $22.95
About: In a memoir that recounts thirty summers of fishing Alaska’s Cook Inlet, Bert Bender describes his parallel careers as a commercial gill-netter and a professor of American literature.

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