Commercial fishing is one natural resource industry that has so far almost escaped the attention of the deep ecology movement. In this paper I will bring fishing into the debate. However, rather than write as a supporter of the deep ecology platform making certain recommendations about how fishermen ought to behave, I write as a part-time Alaskan fisherman who is familiar with the platform but anticipates conflicts between the platform and his trade. By reversing the usual direction of critique I hope to emphasize that the practical task of changing the way the industrialized world does business can only be accomplished dialogically. Commercial fishing is especially important (and problematic) because it involves a resource extracted from the commons. But many of the concerns raised here are relevant for other extractive industries, so I hope that these remarks will be of use beyond the fishing boat.
©1996 Christopher J. Preston