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Fishing Up North: Stories of Luck and Loss in Alaskan Watersby Brad Matsen
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From the super-heated decade when fishing fleets turned king crab into fortunes, to the annual circus of Bristol Bay's monster salmon runs, to the bucolic life of the open-ocean trawler, the true stories in ""Fishing Up North"" carry the flavor of the modern fisherman's life and fortunes in the waters off Alaska. In ""Fishing Up North,"" you'll Find firsthand accounts of frightening weather, good fishing, terrible fishing, great days, and sweet living from the decks of crabbers, trawlers, longliners, trollers, and gillnetters.
Commercial fishing's home ports — Dutch Harbor, Kodiak, Naknek, Cordova, Petersburg, Sitka, and Seattle — are classic fishing towns, where docks bars, and even quiet living merge in colorful portraits about life on the last frontier.
Book News Annotation:
Collects a dozen true stories, originally published between 1980 and 1992 (some in slightly different versions) in National Fisherman, the Alaska Fisherman's Journal, Audobon, and Oceans. The stories are arranged in chronological order as the author wrote them and cover the major fisheries on the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska. Also includes chapters on the workings of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and the Exxon Valdez disaster. Contains b&w illustrations. No index.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Bradford Matsen is the author of Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss as well as many other books abou the sea and its inhabitants. He was a creative producer for the television series The Shape of Life, and his articles have appeared in Mother Jones, Audubon, and Nature, among other publications. He divides his time between Seattle and New York City.
John Chatterton and Richie Kohler contributed to the research of Titanic's Last Secrets, as they did for Robert Kurson's Shadow Divers, the 2005 Book Sense Nonfiction Book of the Year.
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