William Francis Thompson (1888–1965) and the Dawn of Marine Fisheries Research in Californ

Dunn, J. Richard (2001) William Francis Thompson (1888–1965) and the Dawn of Marine Fisheries Research in Californ. Marine Fisheries Review, 63(2), pp. 15-24.

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Abstract

William Francis Thompson (1888–1965), an early fishery biologist, joined the California Fish and Game Commission in 1917 with a mandate to investigate the marine fisheries of the state. He initiated studies on the albacore tuna, Thunnus alalunga, and the Pacific sardine, Sardinops sagax, as well as studies on other economically important marine organisms. Thompson built up a staff of fishery scientists, many of whom later attained considerable renown in their field, and he helped develop, and then direct, the commission’s first marine fisheries laboratory. During his tenure in California, he developed a personal philosophy of research that he outlined in several publications. Thompson based his approach on the yield-based analysis of the fisheries as opposed to large-scale environmental studies. He left the state agency in 1925 to direct the newly formed International Fisheries Commission (now the International Pacific Halibut Commission). William Thompson became a major figure in fisheries research in the United States, and particularly in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, during the first half of the 20th cent

Item Type: Article
Title: William Francis Thompson (1888–1965) and the Dawn of Marine Fisheries Research in Californ
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Dunn, J. Richard
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 63
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 15-24
Date: 2001
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Fisheries
Item ID: 9754
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2012 14:34
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2012 14:34
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9754

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