Saltwater Summer

The story of Dan Morgan, who has bought his first salmon troller and, with his friend and deckhand, must learn the fishing grounds and earn himself a place in the community of fishermen. Written just after World War II, the novel is critical of Canada’s internment of her fishermen of Japanese descent and explores other emerging issues in the fishery. Re-issued in 2000 by Harbour Publishing, this novel is credited by many contemporary commercial fishing as having been their motivation to become fishermen. Roderick Haig-Brown (1908-1976) immigrated to Canada in 1928 and spent several years fishing and trapping with the Lansdowne family on northern Vancouver Island before settling to a life of writing at Campbell River on the same island.

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