An Historic Chinese Abalone Fishery on California’s Northern Channel Islands

@article{Braje2007AnHC,
  title={An Historic Chinese Abalone Fishery on California’s Northern Channel Islands},
  author={Todd J. Braje and Jon M. Erlandson and Torben C. Rick},
  journal={Historical Archaeology},
  year={2007},
  volume={41},
  pages={117-128}
}
Beginning in the 1850s, Chinese abalone fishermen developed an intensive commercial fishery focused on the abundant black abalone (Haliotis cracherodii) stocks of Alta and Baja California. They systematically harvested and dried tons of abalone meat and shells from intertidal waters and shipped them to markets in mainland China and America. Several legislative attempts were made to curtail Chinese involvement in the fishing industry, claiming they were harvesting abalone without regard to size… 

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