This is a quick edit I made with Pinnacle Studio Smartmovie. Most of the footage is from Puget Sound when we fished outside Orcas Island. It was a truly beautiful summer in Southeast Alaska, but I really enjoyed the time we spent in the San Juan Islands in September. The weather was flawlessly beautiful and warm. For the first time in years, I got to brail salmon! It was alot more work than I remembered. I guess it had something to do with the huge run of pink salmon pushing through the sound. What an incredible summer…
- Strong pink salmon return starting to wane in marine areas (blogs.seattletimes.com)
- Commercial Fishing Photo Of The Day | Seining In Seattle (juneautek.com)
- Commercial Fishing Video Of The Day | Seining F/V Norsel Summer 2012 (juneautek.com)
Via Youtube: New Bedford is America‘s largest commercial fishing port. The men and women who harvest the North Atlantic descend from a rich colorful history, and work tirelessly to keep their tradition alive and bring seafood from the ocean to our tables.
But what is the role of the traditional New England fishery in the ever-increasing global economy? How do local New Bedford fishing families stay afloat while competing with larger industry and keeping up with changing government regulations?
These are just some of the issues that MIT Sea Grant‘s marine anthropologist, Madeleine Hall-Arber, has been helping fishermen in New England address for over 25 years. Among her many projects and activities surrounding the fishing industry, Hall-Arber advises fisheries managers on the likely impacts of their working decisions, as well as assists commercial and recreational fishing industry representatives on fishing vessel safety, working waterfronts, oral history, and spatial documentation of fishing and marine habitat research projects.
This video features Hall-Arber’s participation in the 2013 Working Waterfront Festival, organized by the local community to help give the public a fun and unique opportunity to see and understand the commercial fishing culture firsthand. Activities include walking the decks of a scalloper, dining on fresh seafood, watching fishermen contests and cooking demonstrations, fun and games for children, and more.
Take a look at Kolstrand’s latest innovation for the purse seine industry. The purse line was traditionally stacked by a crewmember, but innovation has changed the pace of the fishing operation and many fishermen are switching to an auto purse option. Kolstrand delivers an easy alternative to another looking to automate the pursing process.
In honor of the new ComFishFilmfest website, we themed a few prints of the Humpynami “Red Tide” T-shirts with the colors from the new website. Yes, you can get your hands on these T’s at the Pacific Marine Expo this coming week. We have limited numbers and we will be printing another round in different colors. The Humpynami concept is the brain child of Bob Poor and his artist friend Roger McKay did the layout. I used Aurora Projekt here in Juneau to print these limited editions up and we will have more to come in the next few weeks. If you were part of the incredible summer that we had last year, then you need a Humpynami T shirt. All proceeds go to the upcoming ComFishFilmFest “Pub Trawl” Film Tour, coming to a local bar near you. More details coming soon… Oh yeah, the website is up too, check out www.fishfilmfest.com to see our new digs. It’s not quite an official launch, but whoever reads this is welcomed. Sign up on the new website (sorry facebook sign on is a work in progress) and you might just win one of these T Shirts.
So exactly how does seafood get from ocean to plate? This video shows the journey U.S. seafood makes to get to your table, as well as tips to get to know your seafood better. Visit FishWatch.gov to learn more about making sustainable seafood choices.
- Something fishy: Americans ate less seafood last year (bizjournals.com)
- A Blue View: From Bait to Plate (nationalaquarium.wordpress.com)
Via Vimeo: A quick glimpse into the commercial fishing world of gillnetting in southeast alaska. It may be a five minute long film, but it’s a 3 month long season. When you’re the one filming and fishing, it’s impossible to capture all the emotion and hard work that goes into gillnetting. The fishing takes immense precedence over any capturing, but myself and my captain did the best we could to bring a little of our lives onto your screen. Enjoy.
- Commercial Fishing Video Of The Day | Bag Rollin |Ustream 2013 (juneautek.com)
In the late 1800s, salmon traps dominated the landscape of commercial fishing in Alaska. For nearly 70 years, the salmon traps efficiently harvested massive volumes and controversy eventually ended the practice when Alaska gained statehood. The traps were primarily ran by large processors in the lower 48, which angered Alaskan locals and spawned the days of “Fish Pirates,” who would steal from these traps in a Robin Hood style liberation of resources. With the advent of statehood, fish traps were retired and and the limited entry permit system that we all know today was put into place. A few relics of fish traps exist today in Excursion inlet and many fishermen still frequent the locations of the old salmon traps, but those days have passed. However, Metlakata recently implemented a modern fish trap that might be an example of the future of fish traps. Is it possible that fish traps could return to Alaska waters? Only time will tell. Enjoy the video below to get a perspective of what it was like when fish traps were everywhere. Also, there are links below to explore the history on your own.
- Ports Of Call | Craig, Alaska | The Key To The Coast (juneautek.com)
- Salmon Traps In Alaska: An Economic Perspective (alaskaskool.org)
- Lecture On Salmon Traps In Alaska (sitnew.us)
- Alaska Salmon Traps: The History and Impact On Alaskan Communities (uaa.alaska.edu)