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Lyn Dennis interview [transcript]
Dennis, Lyn (interviewee)
Morris, Carole Teshima (interviewer)
oral histories (literary works)
Women in the commercial fishing industry research collection
Western Washington University
Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
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Lyn Dennis interview
Interview with Lyn Dennis by Carole Teshima Morris. Dennis recounts her experience as a female fisherman in the Pacific Northwest, where she fished for both sockeye salmon and crab. Ms. Dennis explains that she first fished the Nooksack River in a 12-foot boat, gradually working her way up to a 21-foot gill-netter (The Humdinger) operating out of Point Roberts. She describes the tribal fisheries system (in which enrolled tribal members can receive treaty licenses for commercial fishing), differences between fishing on rivers and fishing in salt water, and selection of crew members. She describes the realities of commercial fishing, fishing in inclement weather, and lessons learned from those experiences. She discusses discrimination in fishing and ways to overcome that adversity, and the economic and political climate of the commercial fishing industry in the 1990s, including some ramifications of the US-Canada Treaty on tribal fishing operations.
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