August 31, 2015- 1:30 PM: Peter B. Wright turned in his resignation as Commissioner of the Offshore Fishing League to CEO Carlos Suito. He is no longer representing or involved with the OFL in any way.
Having written a strong criticism against the evils of anecdotal evidence, I must now do a quick U-turn and speak up again. This time with the exact opposite view, a favorable one. I am now going to warn both the young folks seeking a PhD. in marine science and their grey bearded professors* who already hold these treasured degrees, not to reject anecdotal evidence too quickly! Just because no scientist has studied something well enough to be able to write a "peer reviewed"
Something anecdotal has to do with anecdotes — little stories. Anecdotal evidence is based on hearsay rather than hard facts. People like to share stories about things that happened to them, or that they heard about, to make a point. That kind of talk is anecdotal: based on small, personal accounts. Anecdotal stories are helpful when you’re trying to give an example of something, but there's a downside to anecdotal information: since it’s not based on facts, you never know
I miss JJ Whitmer John Jacob Whitmer was a commercial fisherman before he became very well known as a charter captain who was famous for NOT having a clean shiny boat like a Rybovich or a Merritt. For a short while, in all the many years I knew him, he had a twin engine charter boat. Most of the time he had boats with a single diesel engine, one propeller, one prop shaft and one rudder in the center of the wooden hull. He caught a lot of fish and won more than his share of