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Working on the Edge: Surviving in the World's Most Dangerous Profession, King Crab Fishing on Alaska's High Seas

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Now in paperback, a dramatic insider's account of the world's most dangerous profession: king-crab fishing in the frigid waters of the Bering Sea where the conditions are beyond most imaginations (90 mph Arctic winds, 25-foot seas, and superhuman stretches of on-deck labor). But the payback, if one survives, can be tens of thousands of dollars for a month-long season. Photographs.

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"[Walker] combines his personal experiences with sailors' stories for a vivid picture of an occupation that challenges nature. Super adventure." Publishers Weekly

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"Skillfully written and intelligently observed with all the muscle, beauty, and energy of a 145-foot Alaskan fishing boat making way through the treacherous waters of Shelikof Strait, hard by the 8000-foot passes in the Aleutian mountains." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

No profession pits man against nature more brutally than king crab fishing in the frigid, unpredictable waters of the Bering Sea. The yearly death toll is staggering (forty-two men in 1988 alone); the conditions are beyond most imaginations (90-mph Arctic winds, 25-foot seas, and super-human stretches of on-deck labor); but the payback, if one survives can be tens of thousands of dollars for a month-long season.

In a breathtaking, action-packed account that combines his personal story with the stories of survivors of the industry's most harrowing disasters, Spike Walker re-creates the boom years of Alaskan crab fishing--a modern-day gold rush that drew hundreds of fortune-and adventure-hunters to Alaska's dangerous waters--and the crash that followed.

About the Author

Spike Walker spent nine seasons as a crewman aboard some of the most successful crab boats in the Alaskan fleet. While "working on the edge," the crewman's term for laboring in the brutal outer reaches of the Berin Sea, Spike encountered 110-mph winds, roade out one of the worst storms in Alaska's history, worked nonstop for seventy-four hours without sleep, participated in record catches of king crab, saw ships sink, helped rescue their crews, and had close friends die at sea. He currently lives in Clatskanie, Oregon, and returns each year to fish for halibut in Alaska.

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disanml, August 13, 2008 (view all comments by disanml)
Mr Walker's book was revealing about the fishery during the 1970's and 80's. It made me look at fishing in a whole new way.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312089245
Author:
Walker, Spike
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
Subject:
Fisheries & Aquaculture
Subject:
Alaska
Subject:
Fishers
Subject:
Walker, Spike
Subject:
Fishers -- Alaska -- Biography.
Subject:
Alaskan king crab fisheries.
Subject:
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry - General
Subject:
Agriculture - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Alaskan king crab fisheries -- Alaska.
Subject:
Fisheries
Subject:
Aquaculture
Subject:
Fishing
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
84010
Publication Date:
19930331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus an 8-page black-and-white photo sec
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9.24 x 6.18 x 0.825 in

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Product details 312 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312089245 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[Walker] combines his personal experiences with sailors' stories for a vivid picture of an occupation that challenges nature. Super adventure."
"Review" by , "Skillfully written and intelligently observed with all the muscle, beauty, and energy of a 145-foot Alaskan fishing boat making way through the treacherous waters of Shelikof Strait, hard by the 8000-foot passes in the Aleutian mountains."
"Synopsis" by ,
No profession pits man against nature more brutally than king crab fishing in the frigid, unpredictable waters of the Bering Sea. The yearly death toll is staggering (forty-two men in 1988 alone); the conditions are beyond most imaginations (90-mph Arctic winds, 25-foot seas, and super-human stretches of on-deck labor); but the payback, if one survives can be tens of thousands of dollars for a month-long season.

In a breathtaking, action-packed account that combines his personal story with the stories of survivors of the industry's most harrowing disasters, Spike Walker re-creates the boom years of Alaskan crab fishing--a modern-day gold rush that drew hundreds of fortune-and adventure-hunters to Alaska's dangerous waters--and the crash that followed.

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