Twin Cities: Alberni -- Port Alberni
Grades 9 and up / Ages 14 and up.
The pilchard run, which began in 1917, created changes in the management and operation of the canneries. Why pilchards began crowding the waters of the west coast and Barkley Sound is still unknown. . . . Before long there was a big demand for canned pilchard. The cannery began selling them as fast as it processed them. . . . Local Indians told of catching pilchards many years before when the fish appeared periodically on the west coast, but they usually stayed for only four years. . . .(In 1933) a flotilla of seine boats and tenders from reduction plants returned empty after an extensive search of the Pacific Coast territory for pilchards. There was no sign of the mysterious fish.
Joan Payzant is a retired teacher/librarian from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
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