Knowing that many of the tools and traditions of the Bay's fisheries are likely to disappear by the 21st century, Larry Chowning has gathered much of his information from elderly practitioners, preserving the crafts and lore of the Bay's harvesters in words and pictures. His talent for getting people to trust him with their reminiscences and trade secrets is evident in the book's sparkling dialog and outstanding photographs. A tribute to the patience and perseverance of the Bay's watermen, these vignettes also emphasize the alarming decrease in the resources of the Bay.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Larry S. Chowning is a reporter for the Southside Sentinel in Urbanna, Virginia. He has been covering the Chesapeake Bay's fisheries for regional and national periodicals for over a decade. As field editor of National Fisherman he has traveled extensively in Maryland and Virginia. Besides covering the more publicized events related to the fisheries, Chowning has specialized in the human stories that are found on the backroads of the Chesapeake Bay region. His travels have provided the raw material for numerous articles and short stories about Bay life and lore.