Last week, the photographer and commercial fisherman Corey Arnold posted photographs from Bristol Bay, in southwest Alaska, on the New Yorker photo department’s Instagram feed.
For five weeks every summer, Arnold and other fishermen congregate in the region as tens of millions of sockeye salmon arrive to spawn. This year, Arnold told me, was one of the largest returns the fishermen had seen in decades. “The fish come in so thick, it’s hard to justify sleeping when you can catch so much every hour that you’re out there,” he said.
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National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14
In this episode:
NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first
NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.