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Sea To Source | Ventura Harbor Fish Market


While many people are recently hopping into the eat local and sustainable vibe, Ventura Fish Company maintains a steady presence at Ventura Harbor Village. During the fishing season, the Ventura II rolls into the harbor once a month and offers incredibly fresh local seafood to eager foodies at the docks. I have to say the smoked Opah is incredible! Just check www.venturafishcompany.com for the latest updates on their next harbor visit. Also, Andria’s Seafood Market offer a variety of fresh daily delights from the sea in their restaurant or retail store on a daily basis for those urgent seafood needs. #eatmoreseafood

Now that we where to to buy them, let’s take a look at how they are caught. This is raw footage of the Ventura II at sea during the 2013 season. Also, I’m sure some readers are curious about the sustainability of the fishery, so I have included a nice Infographic after the video to help inform and educate.

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Alaska Reality Wars | Selling Out Our High Seas And Distant Shores.


The vast expanse of the last frontier is quickly becoming the king of prime time television entertainment. There is another gold rush in Alaska and its attacking our screens with the ferocity of a Kodiak brown bear. There are over twenty reality TV shows currently airing on numerous cable networks that have some affiliation with Alaska. It’s easy to assume that Alaska is just plain awesome, right? Who wouldn’t want to film in the vast expanse of America’s most remote and majestic state? Perhaps, this all goes back to our favorite famous Alaskan. No one else has enticed and disappointed America with their Alaskan charm more than Sarah Palin. During her political stint in 2008, Palin instituted an Alaska film incentive program that could give up to 200 million bucks a year to prospective production companies that met the proper requirements. Lucky for us, her daughter, Britol Palin, received 360,000 dollars for her short lived reality show, which received some of the worse ratings ever. (Second, of course, to Hook, Line, And Sisters! Just Kidding.) Over 40 Alaskan reality shows have come and gone over the years, even Sarah had her own fleeting reality moments on TLC in the fall of 2010. A few of the older shows, like the Deadliest Catch, have managed to keep their integrity and expand their fan base. It fact, it’s constantly the most popular show on Discovery Channel. Newer reality shows, like Alaskan Bush People, are angering Alaskans with their lack of local knowledge and the sensational approach to even the most mundane situations. With the possibility of the Alaskan film incentives being discounted due to budget cuts, is this a reprieve for weathered Alaskan fishermen? Don’t count on it. Another 13 shows are listed to be in currently in production according to IMDB.

This “selling out” of our high seas and distant shores hits closer to home than I ever realized it could. Over the past months, I have been in negotiation with an unnamed reality production crew, which was interested in the Commercial Fishing Film Festival. Unfortunately, I can’t really mention too many details about the “proposed” reality show due to legal mumbo jumbo. Initially, I drank the “Hollywood Kool-Aid” and was profoundly inspired by the possibilities of this new found partnership. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I had pretty much signed away any creative rights for “our” future project. Luckily, with a little back pedaling and stalling, I was able to back away from the deal. I instantly realized the unique quality of The Commercial Fishing Film Festival is in its raw independent nature. These are real fishermen, capturing real moments, with their own personal twist on their reality. Most of all, these voices and visions aren’t being stifled by some producer who knows absolutely nothing about Alaska or fishermen. If you are as disgusted of fake reality shows, tune into www.fishfilmfest.com for hundreds of commercial fishing videos uploaded by from various fishermen around the world.

It’s easy to understand the appeal of these “reality” shows. Adventure, discovery, and exploration are really at the heart of the American dream. Sadly, these ideals are being packaged by Hollywood and mass produced for prime time television at the cost of true Alaskans. Edge Of Alaska, really? Let’s hope that the redneck roundup of ridiculous reality shows finds a new land to tarnish. In the meantime… Have you seen the latest episode of Alaskan Bush People?

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Commercial Fishing Video Of The Day | Fox Cape Productions | Sizzle Reel


 

Its hard to make fishing look any better than this.  The video editing is super slick and every second screams of talent.  Alot of the footage is from Sierra Anderson, who has released some amazing edits of her fishing adventures.   This video is a collaboration between Blake Holmes Productions and Sierra’s Fox Cape Productions.  Make the leap to vimeo and you can see some of her past projects.

Commercial Fishing Video Of The Day | Alabama Seafoods


Genuine Goodness! AlabamaSeafood.com delivers a sweet ad campaign to highlight some of their fisheries. I find it a little weird that I live in Alaska and this Alabama seafood commercial makes me hungry. I really wish we had some US coverage of Alaska's seafood. Every commercial break on Deadliest Catch should be pushing some sort of Alaska Seafood. It's completely obvious to me that there is a huge lack of seafood knowledge if the average consumer doesn't even know what kind of fish they are eating. It's time that we educate and entice Americans with the beauty of Alaskan Seafood. In fact, I have a plan…

 

Commercial Fishing Photo Of The Day | F/V Cape Caution | Sitka Herring 2014


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The Cape Caution was in Sitka this spring too. Here’ you can see the vessel pumping a set of the F/V Shadowfax.

Commercial Fishing Video Of The Day | Sitka Herring 2014 | First Opener


 

Every year fishermen gather in Sitka Alaska for one of the most intense fisheries in the world.  Millions can be made in minutes.  Stay Tuned for more updates and videos from this season’s fishery.

Commercial Fishing Video Of The Day | Ports Of Call | Astoria, OR


 

I hardly took any footage during the FisherPoets Gathering, so here is a slice of life filmed today while exploring the Astoria waterfront.  The epic history of Astoria really amazes me.  Most of the day, I was trying to imagine the city nearly a 100 years ago.  If only the docks could talk…

Commercial Fishing Photo Of The Day | Salmon Labels | Astoria, Or


After an incredible weekend of experiencing the FisherPoets Gathering for the first time, I wandered around exploring Astoria in all of its epic rainy glory.  Luckily, the town has a rich maritime history and a vast museum to highlight all the nautical history.  These labels easily caught my attention as I roamed throughout the cozy history of the region.  I highly recommend the Astoria Maritime Museum on your next visit to the area.