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February 2012

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ADVERTISERS INDEX Alaska Boat Brokers .......................................................................................9 Alaska Boats and Permits .......................................................................34 Alaska Independent Tendermens Assn.........................................28 AlaskaCrewFinder.com ............................................................................35 AlaskaJobFinder.com ................................................................................34 Alaskan Quota & Permits ........................................................................33 Black Pearl IFQ Fisheries ..........................................................................34 Cascade Engine Center ...........................................................................19 Charleston Shipyard ..................................................................................15 Clean Cam Technology ...........................................................................29 Coastal Marine Engine .............................................................................33 Copper River Boat & Permits, LLC .....................................................35 Crab Pot Zincs ...............................................................................................35 Crowley - Ocean Ranger.........................................................................35 Dana F. Besecker Co...................................................................................29 Diesel America West .................................................................................29 Dock Street Brokers ...................................................................................31 Extra Deckhand Automatic Coiler ....................................................28 Fleet Refrigeration ......................................................................................23 FORS ....................................................................................................................29 Foss Shipyard ......................................................................................... 13, 29 Fred Wahl Marine Construction, Inc. ...............................................40 Fremont Maritime Services, Inc. .........................................................38 FV Robert Magnus ......................................................................................31 FV Sherrie Marie ...........................................................................................31 Gibbons & Associates, P.S. ......................................................................28 Hans Johnson ................................................................................................31 Hockema & Whalen Associates ..........................................................28 Homer Marine Trades Association ....................................................35 Icicle Seafoods ..............................................................................................20 Jackson, Morgan & Hunt ........................................................................28 Kodiak Shipyard ...........................................................................................12 Kolstrand ..........................................................................................................25 Kraft Palmer Davies, PLLC .......................................................................17 KVH .........................................................................................................................2 Law Office of Paul L. Anderson, PLLC .............................................28 LFS, Inc. ..............................................................................................................37 Maritime Fabrications ..................................................................................6 MER Equipment ...........................................................................................29 Mikkelborg Law Offices ..........................................................................28 Naust Marine USA .......................................................................................11 Notus Electronics ...........................................................................................8 NPFVOA .............................................................................................................34 NW Farm Credit Services ........................................................................32 Ocean Traps ....................................................................................................29 Pacific Fishermen, Inc. ..............................................................................10 Petro Marine Services ...............................................................................18 Port of Bellingham .....................................................................................14 Seabrooke Enterprises LLC ....................................................................31 Seafarers Permits & Brokerage ............................................................28 Seward Ship's Drydock ............................................................................16 Silver Horde Fishing Supplies ..............................................................28 Spurs Line & Net Cutter Systems ..........................................................6 The Permit Master ......................................................................................30 Tom Pope, Marine Surveyor .................................................................28 Tri-Core Plastics ............................................................................................31 Viking Net Supply .......................................................................................29 WESMAR-Western Marine Electronics ..............................................7 What's New .....................................................................................................27 XtraTuf ................................................................................................................39 36 £ PACIFICFISHING £ FEBRUARY 2012 £ WWW.PACIFICFISHING.COM HALIBUT WIVES Looking back: Gov. Dan Evans and members of the Halibut Fishermen's Wives Association; Fern Molvik is at Evans' right. Turn to wives of halibut fishermen for stern, no-nonsense political action The strongest supporters of halibut fishermen — and perhaps the strongest political activists for the halibut fishery — were members of the Halibut Fishermen's Wives Association. In many respects, they were tougher than their menfolk: "An undersecretary of state might be able to say no to a senator. But can he turn aside a delegation of aroused fishermen's wives?" That was The Seattle Times in 1962, and the wives being described were the halibut wives. Nor were the wives simply dogged. They conceived of concepts that now are standard around the world, most notably the 200-mile economic zone. The lineage of that notion can be traced back to Fern Molvik, president of the Halibut Wives. "The old saying was, if Fern Molvik called on Warren Magnuson's office, he'd better return the call. Otherwise, whatever the issue would be was in the paper the next day," remembered Ruth Desrosier, the retired office and business manager of DSFU (Deep Sea Fishermen's Union). And the wives had dozens of tactics to get their case in the papers and in front of voters. They could simply take their arguments to newsrooms, which were all-male bastions back then. But best remembered were the stunts, like in 1963: Back then, foreign fishing fleets were scraping broad swaths of sea life right up to the nation's three-mile limit. So, the wives staged a mock funeral service to commemorate the loss. They had a halibut open-casket hearse-led cortege, with two dozen cars following draped with protest banners. Such political actions were not foreseen when the Halibut Fishermen's Wives Association formed in 1955. Thousands of recipe booklets were distributed by the group. They created displays about halibut for stores, fairs, and exhibitions. They taught classes on how to freeze, thaw, and Continued on page 38

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