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CSM Photos' Blog - Alaskan Weathervane Scallops…. F/V Arctic Hunter

Excellent work by CSM. As usual...

July 26, 2012 at 7:59 am
All commercial fishing is at times exhausting; at least every fishery I’ve encountered has proven to be so.  The Alaskan commercial scallop fishery is no exception to the rule.  Last September, I went out on the F/V Arctic Hunter to document the fishery off of Yakutat in the Gulf Alaska for a week to get a taste of what it is like for scallop fisherman; in a word grueling.
For starters it is a 3 to 4 month season that takes the boat and its crew of twelve to the waters off of Kodiak, the Gulf of Alaska near Yakutat, and finally to the Bering Sea. The boat is mostly autonomous as it catches, processes, and freezes its catch; only occasionally stopping in port during the season to drop off the catch.  The weather in the Bering and Alaska Gulf can frequently be nasty, and with no nearby ports to duck into the....