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Bristol Bay 2009

Preview of Photos from the '09 Season

Preview of Photos from the '09 Season

I returned to Bristol Bay for my third season this summer, and continued work on my long term photo project on the commercial fishery, as well as commercial fishing for 12 days this season.  The project is an attempt to document as many of the multifaceted aspects of the fishery: set-netting, drift gill-netting, enforcement, management, etc…  It is not only the largest wild stock of salmon in the world, but it is also one of the most dynamic fisheries on the planet.  Tens of millions of fish return each year to the four major river systems and every year thousands of fishermen attempt to eek-out their share of the return.  It is the most intense fishery I’ve ever taken part in; to experience it first hand is to understand why Bristol Bay is the most revered salmon fishery on the planet, and why the men and women who take part in it return every year.

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