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Don Pepper Launches 'Fishing the Coast' in Vancouver

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 1:24pm

cover of Fishing the Coast by Don PepperHere, finally, is a book about commercial salmon fishing through the eyes of a commercial fisherman! Join Don Pepper, whose life on the water as a fisherman spanned over fifty years, as he launches his new book, Fishing the Coast: A Life on the Water, with a slideshow, talk and book signing at the Vancouver Maritime Museum (1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver) on Thursday, May 9 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. Light refreshments provided.

Fishing for a living is dangerous. Boats sink, men are swept out to sea, lines snap and sometimes just standing up is a chore. Nature conjures up storms and rocks and reefs; overloaded boats capsize and tired men fall asleep at the wheel or fall overboard. And yet it is pleasurable too—a world of catastrophic beauty, camaraderie and sometimes financial reward.

Fishing the Coast: A Life on the Water is Don Pepper’s first-hand story of the commercial fishing industry of British Columbia and sure to become a West Coast classic. Pepper fished salmon on and off from 1953 to 2006. Over the years, he saw profound technological changes in the industry that would not only affect the lives of individual fishermen, but the balance of the world’s oceans and economies.

From catching Adams River sockeye in Johnstone Strait (legal) to pit-lamping herring (illegal), Pepper explains his experiences searching for the next catch in fascinating detail. In Fishing the Coast, his lively, informative story captures the fishing life of an era now past.

Don Pepper, retired beach-man, sometimes cook and engineer, and once all three, has also been an economist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). He holds a PhD in Fisheries Economics from the University of Wales Institute of Technology (Cardiff) and served as Executive Director of the Canadian Pacific Sardine Association (CPSA). He lives in Richmond, BC.

The launch of Fishing the Coast is free to attend and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the Vancouver Maritime Museum at (604) 257-8300 or go to their website at