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Exploring Early Chinese Abalone Fisheries

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Date: November 4, 2011
Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725

Dr. Todd Braje will describe the intensive commercial abalone fishery that Chinese fishermen established beginning in the 1850s during the November "From Shore to Sea" lecture.

His talk will highlight this fascinating time in early California history when enterprising fishermen harvested and dried tons of abalone meat along with the shells and shipped them to markets in mainland China and America.

During recent field work on San Miguel and Santa Rosa Islands, Braje has explored the activities and lifestyles of early Chinese and Euro-American abalone fisherman in southern California to gain insight about potential impacts on local abalone populations and marine environments.

Dr. Braje is an assistant professor of anthropology at San Diego State University and has worked on the northern Channel Islands for nearly ten years. He has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Oregon and has published two recent books documenting his research, Modern Oceans, Ancient Sites and Human Impacts on Seals, Sea Lions, and Sea Otters.

This month's lecture will be held on November 9, 2011. The "From Shore to Sea" lecture series is sponsored by Channel Islands National Park. The purpose of the series is to further the understanding of current research on the Channel Islands and surrounding waters. The lectures occur at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of March, April, May, September, October, and November at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive in the Ventura Harbor. The programs are free and open to the public.

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