Way Back in Kodiak – Prospecting for Halibut


In 1911 and 1912, W.J. Erskine set out to answer and important, and potentially lucrative, question: Did Kodiak have enough halibut to support a fishery? One volcanic eruption, one dead engineer, and over 100,000 lbs. of halibut later, Erskine had an answer. But how was the halibut to reach San Francisco consumers? And could they be enticed to eat frozen fish? This episode outlines the remarkable efforts of a local businessman to pioneer a new fishery.

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