Mick Kronman will read from his book, From Hooks to Harpoons, the Story of Santa Barbara Fisheries, then present several slides reflecting themes from his talk. This is the first-ever book of its kind, covering the breadth of the region’s commercial fisheries, from Chumash times to the present. Expect to learn about the evolution of five gear types—nets, harpoons, hook-and-line, traps and diving. Mick Kronman will also discuss some juicy stories about the thick-skinned men who plied a wide range of fisheries, providing the grit and ingenuity essential to that evolution!
Mick Kronman has been a fisherman for 10 years, a maritime consultant, and journalist. He has published over 1,500 stories, earning himself two national literary awards. Since 2000 he has held the position of City of Santa Barbara Harbor Operations Manager, and twice been named Harbor Master of the Year.