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Alaska Herring History

The Story of Alaska's Herring Fisheries and Industry

by James Mackovjak

Paperback Price $29.95
Ebook Price $27.95

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Snowy Owl Books

“A highly detailed and entertaining review of an important Alaska commercial fishery.”
Pacific Fishing

"Author James Mackovjak is an Alaskan fisheries treasure."
Seafood News

“An immense, well-written, and very detailed account of Alaska’s herring fisheries over the last 150 years, full and rich with detail. I know of nothing even close to this comprehensive synthesized account.”
—Fritz Funk, retired, Alaska Department of Fish and Game


Alaska Herring History is a thoroughly researched, well-documented, and comprehensive chronicle of Alaska’s herring fisheries. Author James Mackovjak describes the evolution of these fisheries from the late nineteenth century to the present, including harvest, processing, markets, and sustained-yield management considerations.

The book is divided into three parts based on the purposes for which herring have been harvested. Part I is a history of the reduction (fertilizer/fish meal/fish oil) and cured (salted) herring industries and the bait-herring fisheries; part II is a history of the roe-herring fisheries in Southeast Alaska, Prince William Sound, Kodiak Island, lower Cook Inlet, Togiak, and Norton Sound; and part III is a history of the herring spawn-on-kelp industry. Historical and contemporary photos and illustrations—as well as graphs and charts that help summarize the development and, in some cases, the demise of the fisheries—augment this detailed look at the evolution of Alaska's herring fisheries.

Balancing scientific details, historical facts, and personal anecdotes from experts in the field, Alaska Herring History will be of interest to historians, social scientists, biologists, and fishery managers and makes an important contribution to Alaska fisheries literature.

James Mackovjak has been involved with Alaska’s fisheries since he first arrived in Alaska in 1969, working as a commercial fisherman and operating a small fish-processing business at Gustavus, in Southeast Alaska. His books include Aleutian Freighter: A History of Shipping in the Aleutian Islands Area (winner of  Alaska Historical Society and Independent Publisher book awards), Alaska Salmon Traps and Alaska Codfish Chronicle.

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  • Paperback Price: $29.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-64642-343-9
  • Ebook Price: $27.95
  • EISBN: 978-1-64642-344-6
  • Publication Month: July
  • Publication Year: 2022
  • Pages: 424
  • Discount Type: Trade
  • Author: by James Mackovjak
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-64642-343-9
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