Photos: Scientist captures Alaska sockeye run

If the realms of science and art seems worlds away from each other, you’d be gravely mistaken. After all, when you’re studying the science behind the world around us, how can you not feel inspired by its sublime beauty? That’s why it should come as no surprise to learn that some of society’s most creative and passionate artists also happen to possess brilliant scientific minds.

One such scientist is Jason Ching, a Washington-based researcher who has spent years studying and photographing Bristol Bay’s sockeye salmon populations.

“I have been coming up to Alaska as a research scientist for the Alaska Salmon Program/Fisheries Research Institute of the University of Washington almost every summer since 2007,” Ching writes. “As both my office and playground, I found that it has been an incredible environment for me to develop an appreciation for nature, and nature photography.”

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Jessica Hathaway

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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