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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