The Summer I turned 13, I began working as a boatpuller on a troller out of LaPush. It made a nice living, we caught a modest amount of fish, released the out-of-season fish and the small ones to grow some more. When the fish schooled up to make their river run, we did quite well, but didn’t stress the run.
*The last two years, these big boats showed up that were purse seiners. They put out those huge nets, pursed up everything, dumped it out on the decks to die, then picked the market fish out of the pile and dumped the rest over the side. After a few years of this, the runs were almost gone. When we complained, the government said this was the most efficient way to fish and began buying up the licenses of the trollers, buying trollers and breaking them up. Many people lost their livelihood, and the seiners caught fewer fish because the runs were diminished. That was during the early '50’s.
*When I turned seventeen, I joined the Navy and wound up at Bikini for the H-Bomb tests. We sure don’t treat our earthly home with respect or care, do we.