Fisherman Quotes (4 quotes)
Across the road from my cabin was a huge clear-cuthundreds of acres of massive spruce stumps interspersed with tiny Douglas firsproducts of what they call Reforestation, which I guess makes the spindly firs en masse a Reforest, which makes an individual spindly fir a Refir, which means you could say that Weyerhauser, who owns the joint, has Refir Madness, since they think that sawing down 200-foot-tall spruces and replacing them with puling 2-foot Refirs is no different from farming beans or corn or alfalfa. They even call the towering spires they wipe from the Earth's face forever a crop--as if they'd planted the virgin forest! But I'm just a fisherman and may be missing some deeper significance in their nomenclature and stranger treatment of primordial trees.
And having thus passed the principles of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and geography, with a general compact of physics, they may descend in mathematics to the instrumental science of trigonometry, and from thence to fortification, architecture, engineering, or navigation. And in natural philosophy they may proceed leisurely from the history of meteors, minerals, plants, and living creatures, as far as anatomy. Then also in course might be read to them out of some not tedious writer the institution of physic. To set forward all these proceedings in nature and mathematics, what hinders but that they may procure, as oft as shall be needful, the helpful experiences of hunters, fowlers, fishermen, shepherds, gardeners, apothecaries; and in other sciences, architects, engineers, mariners, anatomists.
As a teenage fisherman, I watched and followed terns to find fish. Later I studied terns for my Ph.D. During those studies I came to see and love other seabirds. Albatrosses are the biggest, so they get your attention.
People were getting ridiculous amounts [of bluefin tuna]. Somebody got on the radio and said, Guys, maybe we should leave some for tomorrow. Another guy came on and said, Hey, they didn't leave any buffalo for me. [Heard from fishermen crowding off Fire Island in 1998, which he cites as his source for the phrase the last buffalo hunt inspiring his writings on overfishing.]