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Commercial Fishing Video Of The Day | Dirty Summer Seining 2013

This is a quick edit I made with Pinnacle Studio Smartmovie.  Most of the footage is from Puget Sound when we fished outside Orcas Island.  It was a truly beautiful summer in Southeast Alaska, but I really enjoyed the time we spent in the San Juan Islands in September.  The weather was flawlessly beautiful and warm.  For the first time in years, I got to brail salmon!  It was alot more work than I remembered.  I guess it had something to do with the huge run of pink salmon pushing through the sound.  What an incredible summer…

Commercial Fishing Video Of The Day |New Bedford | America’s Largest Fishing Port

Via Youtube:  New Bedford is America‘s largest commercial fishing port. The men and women who harvest the North Atlantic descend from a rich colorful history, and work tirelessly to keep their tradition alive and bring seafood from the ocean to our tables.

But what is the role of the traditional New England fishery in the ever-increasing global economy? How do local New Bedford fishing families stay afloat while competing with larger industry and keeping up with changing government regulations?

These are just some of the issues that MIT Sea Grant‘s marine anthropologist, Madeleine Hall-Arber, has been helping fishermen in New England address for over 25 years. Among her many projects and activities surrounding the fishing industry, Hall-Arber advises fisheries managers on the likely impacts of their working decisions, as well as assists commercial and recreational fishing industry representatives on fishing vessel safety, working waterfronts, oral history, and spatial documentation of fishing and marine habitat research projects.

This video features Hall-Arber’s participation in the 2013 Working Waterfront Festival, organized by the local community to help give the public a fun and unique opportunity to see and understand the commercial fishing culture firsthand. Activities include walking the decks of a scalloper, dining on fresh seafood, watching fishermen contests and cooking demonstrations, fun and games for children, and more.

Commercial Fishing Photo Of The Day | Is It Time For Sitka?


“The Superbowl Of Seining” occurs in Sitka, Alaska every spring as herring spawn in massive volumes of biomass.  Alot os riding on the upcoming season, considering last years’s early spawn out.  Stay tuned for the latest updates here on Juneautek.

Strange Tails | Kushtaka And The Bay Of Death II

North of Petersburg, Alaska is Thomas Bay, also known menacingly as the Bay of Death by the native populations because of a devastating landslide in 1750 that claimed 500 villagers. Since that time, the land was thought to be cursed and little activity happened over the years. It wasn’t until the 1900’s gold rush era that Thomas Bay developed its most infamous history. Its a story that combines a cursed remote lake, a shapeshifting half-man, half sea otter, and the gold rush. What could be more Alaskan?

The Tlinglit’s legends desrcibe the Kushtaka as being a shape shifting, half man, half otter trickster. It’s been known to lure fishermen and chlidren away from their loved ones with whistles and by mimicking calls of a baby crying.  Some accounts of the story describe the Kushtaka as ripping the wayward soul to pieces , while other versions tell of the kushtaka changing the victim into a Kushtaka themselves. Local lore also mentions that no one should speak the kushtaka’s name, especially three times in a row. This is thought to evoke the beast. The creatures are said to live throughout southeast Alaska.
One of the most famous descriptions of the the Kushtaka folklore surrounds Thomas Bay. In the 1900s, A gold prospector by the name of  Harry Colp wandered into the cursed land near Patterson Glacier in search of gold. In his eye witness account, known as “The Strangest Story Ever Told, ” Colp reports traveling into Thomas Bay and discovering a Half Moon shaped lake. It’s here that the story gets crazy. Click here to read the actual story.
The Kushtaka myth lives strong in Southeast Alaska. Next time your out on the water, remember this tale. You might not be alone out there in the vast Tongass National Forrest.  Happy Halloween!  Strange Tails Image Gallery Here

Fishtory | The Days Of Salmon Traps And Fish Pirates

In the late 1800s, salmon traps dominated the landscape of commercial fishing in Alaska. For nearly 70 years, the salmon traps efficiently harvested massive volumes and controversy eventually ended the practice when Alaska gained statehood. The traps were primarily ran by large processors in the lower 48, which angered Alaskan locals and spawned the days of “Fish Pirates,” who would steal from these traps in a Robin Hood style liberation of resources. With the advent of statehood, fish traps were retired and and the limited entry permit system that we all know today was put into place. A few relics of fish traps exist today in Excursion inlet and many fishermen still frequent the locations of the old salmon traps, but those days have passed. However, Metlakata recently implemented a modern fish trap that might be an example of the future of fish traps. Is it possible that fish traps could return to Alaska waters? Only time will tell. Enjoy the video below to get a perspective of what it was like when fish traps were everywhere. Also, there are links below to explore the history on your own.

Internet ByCatch | “Halibut Man” Shares Unique Political Process

A fisherman from Sitka who only gave his name as “Halibut Man” draws attention at the corner of Egan Drive and Mendenhall Loop Road Saturday as he advertises halibut for sale in Auke Bay. He also flashed a message about the latest government troubles:  “Dead in the water means a fishing vessel is going no where,” he said.  “It is in peril, and our government is weaker than it has ever been in the face of a lot of serious challenges. I also want to sell some halibut, too. This is the fun part.”

via Photo: Halibut man | Juneau Empire – Alaska’s Capital City Online Newspaper.

Commercial Fishing Photo Of The Day | Boat Ruins Craig, Alaska



This is my new favorite beach in Craig, Alaska.  I call it ShipWreck Beach!  The story behind the boat is that it was a fixer- up project gone bad.  The boat was intentionally dry docked and neglected over the years until you see what we have here.  I would greatly appreciate some extra info about  the boat if anyone in Craig has an idea.  It would be awesome to have a bonfire right in the middle of this thing and get some great night pics.


Internet ByCatch | Alaska Women Looking For Love Rank Men By “The Fish Scale”


That’s right, men! You might just be asking yourself, “What kind if fish am I?” TLC’s latest Alaskan related reality TV obsession has Alaskan women looking for love in Miami! Six “real” Alaska ladies are whisked away from the wild and “weirdness” of Kodiak, Alaska to find true love in one of America‘s most pretentious cities, Miami, FL. During the second episode, our Alaskan ladies are so overwhelmed with masculine prospects that they decide to rank them by types of fish. The highest rating is a White King Salmon, which means the ladies know their fish. The lowest descends all the way down the food chain to a lowly, flacid sea cucumber. In fact, TLC even has a game where you can rank celebrities by “The Fish Scale.” Click here to see for yourself. Now just remember, this is also the channel that brought us Honey Boo Boo! I have to say the verdict is still out in this one… Part of me feels horrible that I even watched it, but I can’t wait for the next episode. This is what happens when a fisherman is on shore for too long.  #RealityTvObsession