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3/1/2009--Astoria, OR, USA.Richard Welch (left) and Al Stigall (right) check out fishing boats at Pier 37 in Astoria, OR. Both are ex-fisherman and came to look at boats and see about the possibility of starting fishing again...Astoria's economy centered around fishing, fish processing, and lumber. In 1945, about 30 canneries could be found along the Columbia but many have now closed...©2009 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.