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Bluebacks and Silver Brights

A Lifetime in the BC Fisheries from Bounty to Plunder

Norman Safarik Allan Safarik

381 pages
Ecw Press

More than a history of the Vancouver fishing industry, Bluebacks and Silver Brights is a collection of great adventures set on the Pacific coast. With dozens of salty tales of hardworking and hard-living fisherman and fish industry workers, this is Norman Safarik’s story of West Coast fishing from the Gulf of Georgia to Prince Rupert, with a detour to New York’s old-time fish markets. With wisdom and insight, Safarik’s story is also an ecological warning, recalling the lost bounty of Canada’s natural resources of a century ago, and their possible extinction today at the hands of government mismanagement and overfishing.

Author Bio

Norman Safarik has worked in the fish industry his entire life. He followed his father into the business, and has been succeeded by his son. He lives in Vancouver. Allan Safarik is a poet and editor. He is the author of "All Night Highway," "Bird Writer's Handbook," and "How I Know the Sky Is a River." He has been shortlisted twice for the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry, and he was a winner of the 2003 John V. Hicks Manuscript Award for Literary Nonfiction. He lives in Dundurn, Saskatchewan.