Time Magazine recently created a double issue (July 11 / July 18, 2016) named 240 Reasons to Celebrate America Right Now . The article seems to be an attempt to counter all the negativity surrounding the current political standoff and general feeling that America is heading in the wrong direction as polls conclude. It’s a breath of fresh air in my opinion… there is a lot to love about our country if you take a step back and look at the big picture. TIME asked me if I had any good news ideas to share and of course the first thing that came to mind are the epic Sockeye Salmon runs that have been returning to Bristol Bay, Alaska. Bristol Bay produced the third largest Sockeye Salmon runs since 1960, 58 million fish!! With all the doom and gloom news about the state of our oceans in the media these days, it’s time to start talking about what IS working. Bristol Bay is kicking ass, and this summer we experienced another huge salmon run with at least 49 million Sockeye returning to spawn in Bristol Bay rivers. Thanks to excellent management by the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, there is no end in sight to the bounty of sustainably harvested Bristol Bay Salmon.
TIME interviewed me about my recent experience running a salmon set net operation in Bristol Bay and published this spread, an image I made of brother/sister duo Krystal Foote and Reid TenKley of Iliamna Fish Co. hand hauling a net full of Sockeye. Thanks ya’ll for another fine season at Graveyard Point.