Scientist to talk about ‘artisanal fisheries’ in lecture

PORT TOWNSEND — Pacific fisheries scientist Kevin Bailey will share the history and anecdotes featured in his new book, “Fishing Lessons: Artisanal Fisheries and the Future of Our Oceans,” at 7 tonight.

Bailey will provide the Jefferson County Historical Society First Friday Lecture in City Council chambers above the Jefferson Museum of Art & History at 540 Water St.

A $5 donation is suggested.

Bailey’s book will be available in April.

Artisanal fisheries are small-scale, traditional fishing practices undertaken by individual households.

Locally based and making short fishing trips close to shore, they provide the aquatic version of “locally sourced food.”

This type of fishing is less wasteful and less depleting of local fish populations than modern industrial fishing, Bailey said.

In “Fishing Lessons,” Bailey examines examples of artisanal fisheries around the world and their relationship to larger ocean ecology, the changing dynamics of small-scale fisheries, and the challenges they face today.

Bailey has been the senior scientist at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, an affiliate professor at the University of Washington, and is the founding director of Man & Sea Institute which operates to benefit small-scale traditional fisheries.

Bailey is also the author of “The Western Flyer: Steinbeck’s Boat.” The Western Flyer is currently being restored in Port Townsend’s Boat Haven.

For more information, call 360-385-1003.

The March First Friday Lecture will be Kevin Bailey with his newest book, “Fishing Lessons,” which is about artisanal fisheries.

The March First Friday Lecture will be Kevin Bailey with his newest book, “Fishing Lessons,” which is about artisanal fisheries.

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