D is for Developments in Skiff Technology

Imagine reeling that net in by hand! Luckily for these herring fishermen, their table seiner “North Land” is pursing their catch up for them, thanks to advances in technology ca. 1900-1920. National Archives of Canada, PA 145356.

H is for Herring Gibbing

Those don’t look like salmon! Anyone who’s ever tasted a herring knows that they’re dealing with a love-it or hate-it dining experience. The herring in this BC gillnetter, ca. 1970s, could have been bound for a variety of different processes, some designed to amplify the taste, others to disguise it from picky eaters. Gulf of […]

N is for Net Loft

A net loft crew is hard at work at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery plant. If the building was full of nets, where did all the salmon go? Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society Archives, CFC-3-18-6.

O is for Overfishing

Fishways located at Hell’s Gate, BC ca. 1950s, helped to direct salmon back to their spawning grounds after a man-made disaster blocked their path. Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society Archives, 1997.

Q is for Quota

There are plenty of fish in the sea! Or are there? It looks like those fish are actually awaiting processing at the Sunnyside Cannery, BC ca. 1903-1930. Salmon, contrary to previous belief, are an exhaustible resource. Find out what is being done differently today to protect the salmon and their marine habitat. Gulf of Georgia […]