Ocean Treasure: Commercial Fishing in Alaska

Ocean Treasure: Commercial Fishing in Alaska

Terry Johnson

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Ocean Treasure is a full-color book about the Alaska fishing industry. Author Terry Johnson provides an engaging and authoritative overview of the seafood industry, combined with color photos and drawings of fish and invertebrates and the gear used to harvest them. Ocean Treasure tells how to recognize fishing boats and gear, what the fish look like, and how good they taste. Readers are treated to an account of the fascinating history of Alaska fishing, insight into mariculture, how the fisheries are managed, and the lifestyle involved in subsistence fishing. The book also offers a bibliography, a glossary, and a full index.

Visitors to Alaska whose curiosity is piqued by the fishing vessels and dock activity they see, as well as "armchair" Alaska tourists, will be rewarded by the information-packed pages presented in the easy-to-read, friendly text of this book.

A resident of Southcentral Alaska, author Terry Johnson is a retired marine advisory agent and journalist, and has over 20 years experience as a commercial fisherman.

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"Ocean Treasure is the rare book that can engage a curious tourist with no background, and yet teach a seasoned fisherman something new about other fisheries. It's perfect for high school or college students learning about Alaska. Reference books don't get much better than this. LIke a dinner of fine Alaska seafood, just because it's nutritious doesn't mean it can't be delicious as well."—Shana Loshbaugh, Peninsula Clarion Book Reviewer

"I was thrilled to find this book and finally understand what I was seeing and what I'd been trying to figure out about the gear, regulations, issues, etc."—R.H., Minneapolis

"We get dozens of questions about how the fish are caught and what species are common in Kodiak's waters, and Ocean Treasure is excellent for reference. I use it almost daily . . . showing illustrations of the fish and how they are caught. It is a superb publication."—M.O., Harbormaster, Kodiak, Alaska

“Expertly written . . . Deftly edited for the non-specialist general reader . . . A fascinating compendium, Ocean Treasure offers the reader a wealth of information and insight on contemporary fishing in Alaska and the lives of the people who work in it.”—James A. Cox, Editor in Chief, Midwest Book Review