Commercial Fishing, Lifestyle

I AM XTRATUF
Alaska Shellfish Farms

IG: @Alaska_shellfish_farms | MAR 1, 22

"If this place doesn't bring you to your knees crying...you're not working hard enough."

Greg and Weatherly Bates working on a fishing boat
Location: Halibut Cove Alaska. Winter Population: 15.

Meet Weatherly and Greg Bates of Alaska Shellfish Farms. These two Rhode Island natives found their way to Alaska where they chose to plant their family’s roots to harvest oysters, mussels and kelp in one of the most remote mariculture farms in the world. Because of the cold water in Halibut Cove it takes a longer to grow the oysters, but it’s well worth the work- and the wait.

Greg Bates, in dirty rubber overalls, sifting through a net of shellfish and scum

Mariculture farming is hard work anywhere, but especially grueling in Alaska’s unforgiveable cold waters, extreme tides, rough weather, and isolation from the rest of the world. For the Bates family, they wouldn’t trade this environment for anything and are confident in this life they have built.

Greg Bates on a fishing dock
Weatherly Bates, standing over a fallen bear

With the wilderness of Alaska as their classroom, Greg and Weatherly teach their children life lessons both at sea and on land that builds both perseverance and consideration for our environment.

Weatherly Bates and her children surrounded by baskets full of shellfish
The bates family on a walk through the woods

Choosing to become farmers of the sea takes grit and determination that few people would ever consider. Their deep love of the ocean motivates them to tirelessly work to create a more sustainable source for feeding people. They believe so passionately in this mission and are working to change the industry in Alaska and beyond.

The Bates family on a small boat
"We're so lucky to be able to experience what we do." -Weatherly Bates
To Learn More about Alaska Shellfish Farms, visit: https://www.alaskashellfish.net