Crabbing On the Deep Blue Sea/Bolinas Fishermen

The last day of 2007 I went out on a crab boat with local fishermen Josh Churchman and Rob Knowles. I’m writing an article for the local paper, The West Marin Citizen, on the state of local fishing and pending regulations that may well put them out of business. I shot photos of them taking in about 750 pounds of crab on this sunny day and am starting to work on the article now. Local fishing is an environmentally sound, sustainable form of food production and bureaucrats and regulators seem to be moving in the opposite direction. I hope this article will show the wisdom and desirability of keeping small-scale local fishermen at work along the California coast. The real problems are with king size boats that drag nets along the bottom or otherwise practice a rape-the-ocean form of fishing. Go after these guys, not the little guys.

Rob works like a dervish, rebaiting each pot and grabbing the crabs and tossing them into boxes while Josh maneuvers the boat to make Rob’s job easier.

At the end of the 4-hour day they had about 750 pounds of fresh healthy crab, which they unloaded onto Rob’s truck. Crabbing is a wonderful local, sustainable resource

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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