National Fisherman


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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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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