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NOAA's Fisheries Collection
Catalog of Images

1900 thumbnail picture
Fishermen's boats always seem to need painting.
1901 thumbnail picture
Many fishermen, like these Gloucester, Massachusetts, swordfish longliners, enjoy the independence of a two-man crew.
Massachusetts, Gloucester
1902 thumbnail picture
On board or on shore, relaxation is wherever and whenever one can get it. At a net shop in Cut Off, Louisiana.
Louisiana, Cut Off
1903 thumbnail picture
Women have found places as both skilled fishermen and owners in some places such as Kodiak, Alaska.
Alaska, Kodiak
1904 thumbnail picture
A Tarpon Springs sponge fisherman displays his heritage with this traditional Greek fisherman's cap.
Florida, Tarpon Springs
1905 thumbnail picture
Family affair fish market as husband and wife fillet fish.
California, Newport Beach
1906 thumbnail picture
Private consultants like Seattle's Dr. Lee Alverson are important to both fishing groups and government agencies.
Washington, Seattle
1907 thumbnail picture
Representatives of a fisheries trade magazine canvassing the docks for information.
Washington, Seattle
1908 thumbnail picture
Trade journals like are a growing influence on the operations and decisions of American fishermen.
Washington, Seattle
1909 thumbnail picture
Boys on a pier in Seaford, Virginia, handlining for blue crabs.
Virginia, Seaford
1910 thumbnail picture
Colorful lures with specialized hooks are meant to mimic the color pattern and action of a target species' prey.
1911 thumbnail picture
Specialized wooden traps are used to take whelk in shallow Delaware Bays.
Delaware
1912 thumbnail picture
Steel "doors" hung on the stern of a trawler in Santa Barbara, CA.
California, Santa Barbara
1913 thumbnail picture
The distinctive Gulf of Mexico shrimp trawler prepares to lower its twin side-trawls off the Alabama coast.
Alabama
1914 thumbnail picture
Bob Spaeth of Madeira Beach, Florida, owns and operates several longliners that fish for both sharks and reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico.
Florida, Madeira Beach
1915 thumbnail picture
A shrimp trawl net is readied for a trip out of Biloxi, Mississippi.
Mississippi, Biloxi
1916 thumbnail picture
A netmaker puts the finishing touches on a shrimp net equipped with devices to reduce bycatch and exclude sea turtles.
1917 thumbnail picture
A small Corpus Christi wing-netter prepares for shrimping in shallow Texas waters.
Texas, Corpus Christi
1918 thumbnail picture
A South Carolina woman checks her bait in a simple lift net designed for taking blue crabs.
South Carolina
1919 thumbnail picture
A net-caught salmon, one of many which in the days's haul, which helps support a Tupik fishing family. Alaska, Bristol Bay.
Alaska, Bristol Bay
1920 thumbnail picture
Like small-scale operations everywhere, Bristol Bay crews tend to consist of family and close friends.
Alaska, Bristol Bay
1921 thumbnail picture
Crew paying out the net as other salmon fishermen arrive on the scene.
Alaska, Bristol Bay
1922 thumbnail picture
Tupik native Americans put their modern vessel to sea in the chase for Alaskan salmon. Bristol Bay, AK.
Alaska, Bristol Bay
1923 thumbnail picture
Inside the pilot house, the skipper relies on modern communication and navigation equipment.
Alaska, Bristol Bay
1924 thumbnail picture
Clear monofilament netting is popular for gillnets, but tangles easily around the corks as well as fish.
1925 thumbnail picture
A crewman removes a salmon caught in the mesh of a gillnet. Bristol Bay, AK.
Alaska, Bristol Bay
1926 thumbnail picture
A night-fishing bait boat is equipped with strong lights to attract squid and anchovies. Ventura, CA.
California, Ventura
1927 thumbnail picture
A skilled cast netter aims for a school of mullet off a southeastern causeway.
1928 thumbnail picture
Dockside shops carry a wealth of modern rods to catch every target species under every condition.
1929 thumbnail picture
abundance of mail-order gear catalogs has helped build the giant recreational fishing industry.
1930 thumbnail picture
A youthful angling enthusiast checks out the action on her spinning reel. Point Pleasant, NJ.
New Jersey, Point Pleasant
1931 thumbnail picture
Sand dunes along the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
North Carolina, Outer Banks
1932 thumbnail picture
Mangroves in the Florida Keys provide habitat for many species of fish and shellfish.
Florida, Florida Keys
1933 thumbnail picture
Derelict fishing boat left at the pier to rot. South Carolina, Folly Beach.
South Carolina, Folly Beach
1934 thumbnail picture
A view of the harbor at Port Isabel, Texas. Cactus and shrimp boats, an incongruous combination.
Texas, Port Isabel
1935 thumbnail picture
This productive marsh, in Moss Point, Mississippi, is only one of thousands on the Gulf Coast.
1936 thumbnail picture
Many Atlantic fisheries resources depend on salt marshes, like this one in Beaufort, South Carolina.
1937 thumbnail picture
Bays and sounds around Nags Head, North Carolina, provide nurseries for hundreds of marine species.
1938 thumbnail picture
The deep water Mona Passage off Puerto Rico's western end favors fish larger than those found among shallow-water corals.
1939 thumbnail picture
St. Thomas's Hull Bay shelters small boats, but local overfishing has meant the need to fish farther out.
1940 thumbnail picture
Mangrove strut roots and rooted seedlings provide new habitat for young snook, snapper, and other important species.
1941 thumbnail picture
An environmental scientist works to reduce seafood-borne illness that could cripple coastal economies.
1942 thumbnail picture
Joe LaPlace mending a net at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
1943 thumbnail picture
Depiction of Virginia's fish bounty encouraged British emigration to the new new land. Library of Congress, illustration by John White in A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia, by Thomas Harriot, 1590.
1944 thumbnail picture
Still a common food fish, herring are also salted for lobster bait here at Pt. Judith, Rhode Island.
1945 thumbnail picture
Colonists were lured to America by both the abundance and the variety of fish and shellfish. Library of Congress, illustration by John White in A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia, by Thomas Harriot, 1590.
1946 thumbnail picture
Mending nets usually falls to the same people who set them, like this Pt. Pleasant, N.J., fisherman.
1947 thumbnail picture
Increased consumer demand may be having an impact on the stocks of Atlantic dolphin fish (mahi mahi).
1948 thumbnail picture
The ready availability of some local seafood makes it hard for consumers to believe accounts of overfishing.
1949 thumbnail picture
Gloucester, Massachusetts, has a long history of whaling, fishing, and shipping.

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