News and Views from the Back Deck
I snapped this sweet diorama of salmon eggs at the local DIPAC hatchery in Juneau. The hatchery offers tours throughout the summer and continues to be a successful chum salmon source for southeast Alaska.
I found the F/V Sunset anchored up in Sitka this spring during the herring fishery. I've heard numerous crazy stories about this vessel over the years, so it was interesting to see first hand.
This began as a dry discussion of trap types, and ended up with gun fights, legal battles, piracy, and everything else that goes with Alaskan fishing!
As mentioned before, the Funter Bay cannery operated mainly with fish traps (vs fishing boats). These traps were designed to intercept salmon as they returned to spawning streams, penning them in large fixed nets until they could be scooped out.
Sport and commercial vessels around Alaska are out exploring the warmer waters and sunny weather this spring. Many fishermen are out taking advantage of the early season commercial fishing opportunities. Long liners are chopping away at spring season halibut and black cod, while southeast trollers are harvesting some early season king salmon. Salmon seasons around Alaska are beginning to ram up for the summer slam of fish. Stay tuned for live updates from the southeast Alaska salmon season…
May 1st marked the long anticipated first day of the commercial salmon season along the California Central Coast. Fisherman Stan Bruno took a Gopro aboard his boat to bring us back the action, along with some delicious Pacific king salmon! Enjoy
It's not uncommon for purse seine vessels to decorate their skiffs. This is the skiff from the F/V Pacific Bell, which commonly docks in Juneau, Alaska.
The 102-year-old halibut fishing schooner Tordensjkold spearheads a small fleet of Seattle-based commercial fishing vessels as they steam into their second centuries on the Alaska fishing grounds. Halibut fishing schooner-style is and always has been a family affair. Some of these venerable vessels have been passed from father to son to grandson and nearly everybody in this most historic of commercial fisheries has a blood relationship to the fleet. These old boats aren’t hobby vessels or museum pieces; they’re hardened work boats that compete head-to-head with modern vessels, as they’ve been doing since 1911. Climb aboard a halibut schooner in this excerpt from Tordenskjold: Boat of the Century. Check out NauticalMedia on Youtube for other great fishing video treats
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