Modern Marvels

Season 11 Episode 68

Commercial Fishing

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 21, 2004 on The History Channel
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Commercial Fishing
Battered and fried or simply raw--seafood is a popular dish, no matter how you serve it. Americans consume more than 5-billion pounds yearly, an order that takes more than a fishing rod to fill and worries conservationists. We follow the fish, the fishermen, and the science trying to preserve fisheries for future generations--from ancient ships on the Nile to a modern technologically sophisticated factory trawler on the Bering Sea to the University of New Hampshire's open-ocean aquaculture research project. And we witness a wide variety of fishing methods--from gillnetting and longlining to lobster trapping. Hop aboard and sail through time and around the globe as we explore the harsh conditions of life at sea and experience firsthand one of history's deadliest jobs. Brace yourself and feel the ice-cold, salt spray on your face as we explore commercial fishing!moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • In 1999, scientists tracked a school of pollock that covered more than 30,000 square nautical miles and contained more than 11 billion fish.

      • Growing seaweed in a fish farm can improve water quality by reducing nitrogen and phosphorus, both found in fish waste.

      • Since the year 1716, more than 5,000 fishermen from the port of Gloucester, Massachusetts have died at sea.

      • Paul Revere used the image of a codfish, a symbol of prosperity, when he designed currency plates for the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1776.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: Forget about the rod and reel, commercial fishermen mean business. Often they bet their lives in this high stakes game. With the latest high tech electronics and strong and sophisticated nets landing the catch is an exercise of deadly efficiency. But are these boats cleaning out the seas, is there a better way? Now, Commercial Fishing, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Daniel Hanson
        Captain, Arctic Fiord

        Mike Hillers
        Simrad, Inc.

        Peter Marston
        Computer Technician

        Mark Kurlansky
        Author, "Cod"

        Joseph E. Garland
        Maritime Historian

        Linda Greenlaw
        Author/Fishing Boat Captain

        Chris Glass
        Director, Manomet Center

        William Hogarth, PhD
        Asst. Administrator, NMFS

        Linwood Pendleton, PhD
        Aquaculture Consultant

        Richard Langan, PhD
        Director, CINEMar

        Brett Johnson
        Director of Operations, Arctic Storm

        John Van Amerongen
        Editor, Alaska Fisherman's Journal

        David King
        Fisheries Equipment Specialist

        Peter Flanigan
        Commercial Fisherman, Seaview Lobster

        Win Watson, PhD
        Professor of Zoology, UNH

        Gary Stauffer, PhD
        Alaska Fishery Science Center

        Chris Wilson
        Manager, Acoustics Group

        Bill Karp
        Alaska Fishery Science Center

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Jim Hense
        Producer: Jim Hense
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Associate Producer: Allison Boon
        Editor: Andrew Corwin
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Music: Guy Thomas
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Production Manager: Shelia Collins
        Post Producer: Tim Knauff
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Anthony Lacques
        Production Controller: Dani Eslin
        Accountant: Sheridan Liu
        Coordinator: Melinda Esquibel
        Researcher: Mikki Del Monico
        Researcher: John Knapp
        Researcher: Sean Heckman
        Researcher: Tom Barclay
        Clearance Coordinator: D.W. Blakeslee
        Voice over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico
        Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff
        Assistant Editor: Michael Broome
        Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow
        Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi
        Post Assistant: Linda Liao
        Camera: Lon Magdich
        Camera: Peter Krajewski
        Online Editor: John Price
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Bart Roen
        Historical Consultant: Michael Chambers
        Historical Consultant: Chris Glass
        Historical Consultant: Linwood Pendleton
        Historical Consultant: John Van Amerongen

        Special Thanks:
        Alaska Ocean Seafood
        Jerry Berger
        Susan Buchanan
        Jim Cobb
        Leah Ekstrom
        Vito Giacalone
        Jim Gilmore
        Aimee O'Brien Jeyarajan
        Dolores Leonard
        Paige Newby
        Tim O'Donnell
        Peter Risse
        Craig Rose
        Will Ryan
        Michelle Savey
        Mary Anne Shatford
        Gary Stauffer
        Mark Szymanski
        Trident Seafoods
        Win Watson

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by Actuality Productions, Inc 2004

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