Johnson, Michael oral history interview

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Fraser River
commercial fishing

Michael Johnson is a retired commercial fisherman who has lived in Burnaby and New Westminster his whole life, and had his boat tied up in the Annieville Channel in North Delta. His father was also a fisherman, and Johnson got his introduction to the occupation through his father. At the age of 19, he got his own boat, and called it “The Rocky Way” after the popular song “Rocky Mountain Way” by Joe Walsh. He worked as a commercial fisherman for 25 years, and stopped when the federal government offered him a buyout in the late 1990s. For most of the year, Johnson would fish for salmon in Northern British Columbia (BC) and the average salmon at the time was six pounds.

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Interview with Michael Johnson