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LIFE IN WATER

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Catching up with The Salmon Sisters

Winter and slower season has given us the opportunity to turn in, tune up, and prepare for what's looking like a busy summer season. The past year, we have focused on getting wild fish onto people's plates – through our online direct to door sales and through our Give Fish Project, which donates wild salmon to our community through the Food Bank of Alaska. It feels good to provide people with healthy wild food nationwide as demand for Wild Alaska Seafood grows.

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•Gnarly Bay•
To The Surface

TO THE SURFACE. from gnarly bay on Vimeo. Producers - Aaron Schurman, Dana Saint, Dan RiordanDP / Photos / Audio / VO - Tyler MurgoAdditional footage - Jack Ieronimo, Rúni DjurhuusPost Production - Jack Ieronimo & Jordan IngramSound Design - Jared Blizzard Like most things, Covid-19 wreaked havoc on the...

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•Corey Forrest•
Her?

My family has been making a living on the water and commercial fishing for hundreds of years, so I suppose it is in our blood. But, unlike my brothers who seemed inclined to be part of it from a young age, there were never any women working on my family's dock or coming off one of the fishing boats, so it hadn't crossed my mind or interested me that I could or would be a fisherman.

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•Matchstick Productions•
McKenna Peterson Bonafide Badass

Besides being an absolute shredder on snow, she is also Captain McKenna of her families fishing boat. Winters atop giant mountain peaks and summers catching Alaska salmon with her siblings teach a permanent lesson of hard work makes you a better skier.

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•McKenna Peterson•
Resilience

Fishermen are expert story tellers. The more salty the fishermen, the better the story.

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•Corey Forrest•
A Familiar Wave of Exhaustion & Satisfaction

It's 3:30 am, the third time waking up since I went to bed at 8:30, tossing and turning for who-knows-how-long. I have another 40 minutes before my alarm goes off. I roll over to face my husband and listen to his steady breathing. I close my eyes and wish I could fall asleep straight away as he does, or sleep through the night just once, but it's fishing season and my brain laughs at me...

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•Nelly Hand•
From the waters of Prince William Sound

This summer, I've been working my gear and learning the waters of Alaska's Prince William Sound through June, July, and now into August. Chasing the sockeye, keta, and pink salmon runs swimming their way through the bays, islands, and fjords that surround this wild place. Together, my partner Michael and...

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•Allan Mathisen•
Southeast Dungeness Crab

Setting your alarm for a 4:30 AM wake-up can make for a long day working on the water. But for Pro Team Member Allan Mathisen, Dungeness crab fishing season is underway in Southeast Alaska. Last year was marked by a record price and harvest level, but this year with the market uncertainty, the price is about half of what it was last year. Here's hoping hard work pays off this season.

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The Last Trap Family

Learn how Rhode Island Trap Fisherman and XTRATUF Pro-Team member, Corey Forest and her family work together off the coast of our country's smallest state.

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Eenie, meenie, minie, mo

We've taken the guessing out of it.

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Where the Magic Happens
The Hatchery

The farm tour at Island Creek Oysters will take you through The Hatchery. If you've ever seen an episode of MTV Cribs, this is the part where the celebrity host would say, "this is where the magic happens." And yes, we are also referring to reproductive magic...

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Mother & Fisherman

I wasn't sure how I was going to balance motherhood with fishing, but parting from either did not seem to be an option or a thought I could bear.

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Capt. Sean Dwyer

I was an eager young 14 year old innocently arriving to a beautifully-treacherous place where I would learn to love the simplicity of a cup of black coffee and a granola bar.

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