This is a scene of  salmon fishing in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The boats there are gill-netters and are restricted to 32 feet. The Gore Point is a seiner, shown hauling back a load of herring in Togiak, Alaska. The Deception is a Bering Sea king crab boat shown picking up a string of pots. Fishing in Alaska is a 24/7 proposition.
This 58-foot limit seiner is typical of the old, wooden fishing boats found throughout Alaska. The 105-foot wooden Lois Anderson is used as a herring and salmon tender in Alaska. These boats were originally built to haul freight to the Aleutian Island in WWII and many, including their 85-foot sisters are still in use. The Claymore Sea, a factory trawler is shown bringing a 100 ton cod end onboard. Factory trawlers fish for pollock, a bottom fish. They catch the fish and process it into fillets and surimi (imitation crab) onboard. They are typically at Sea for two – three weeks before returning to Dutch Harbor to offload. The Claymore Sea carries a crew of 120.
The Mitkof is a wooden fishing boat based in Seattle and used as a herring and salmon tender in Alaksa. Her fishing season is typically six months long, port to port. The Clipperton is a surplus WWII yard freighter converted into a salmon and crab processor and moves from bay to bay in Alaska and carries a crew of about 30, processing and freezing her catch onboard. The 85-foot Naknek, a wood “power scow” was originally built to haul freight to the Aleutian Islands during WWII and was used as a salmon tender throughout Alaska until she hit an uncharted rock and sank in Prince William Sound. The artist was her Captain during the summer of 1983.

                   

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