5th Marianas History Conference Day 7 - 10

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A History and Archaeology of the Pre-War Tuna Fishing Industry in Micronesia

By Dr. William Jeffery

University of Guam

Abstract: When the Japanese took control of Micronesia, they were aware of the extensive range of marine species that could be exploited, and they quickly set about creating a tuna fishing industry. Historical documents from the pre-World War II period provide evidence on how this was implemented, and how Okinawan migration helped to drive the tuna fishing industry throughout Micronesia, which included Saipan, Palau, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and the Marshall Islands. During World War II, many fishing boats were converted and used by the Japanese military in a variety of activities, and some were sunk during the war. Following World War II, the United States of America attempted to revive the tuna fishing industry in association with local people, and while they had limited success, today, tuna is the Federated States of Micronesia’s top export. This paper provides information on the important steps in this history. It also considers the archaeological remains, primarily the fishing boat wrecks located in Chuuk and the Marshall Islands. An aim of the paper is to raise awareness about this overlooked heritage, a heritage that is arguably as relevant to local people as are the World War II shipwrecks.

Presentation slides on following page.


Articles inside

Ginen I Gualo’

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pages 273-285

Gendered Households and Ceramic Assemblage

1min
pages 141-164

The Matua’s Song

1min
page 55

Burego’ Joyful Christmas Celebration

1min
pages 9-15

A History and Archaeology of the Pre-war Tuna Fishing Industry in Micronesia

1min
pages 225-240

Fishing Weirs at the Edge of the Parian

1min
pages 201-224

Matter of Time

1min
pages 135-140

I Hinanao-ta

1min
pages 243-272

Tådong Marianas

1min
pages 287-290

Guam 1668-1769

1min
pages 175-184

Origins of the People of the Mariana Islands

1min
pages 165-174

Japanese Archival Records

1min
pages 185-199

From Tourists to Asylees

1min
pages 1, 123-132

Camp Chulu

1min
pages 61-84

Celebrating 340 Years

1min
pages 17-44

Colonial Narratives

1min
pages 1, 85-103

Operation New Life

1min
pages 105-122

Long Term Effects of Colonization on Music

1min
pages 47-54

Slinging Stones And Fanoghe Chamoru

1min
pages 45-46

Refaluwasch and Chamorro Children’s Songs

1min
pages 57-58
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