Waiting For High Tide, Naknek, Alaska
For as long as fishermen have dipped their nets into the sea, the oceans have offered their bounty to the world. Today, Alaska's fishery accounts for more than 40 percent of the world’s seafood harvest. Fishing is an integral part of the culture and economy of rural Alaska, and in many cases, the primary economic driver. Alaska has about 44,000 miles of coastline dotted with cities and villages. In many of these isolated areas, unemployment is sky high and the cost of living exorbitant. Fishing offers a way for rural Alaskans to pay bills, through commercial harvest, in jobs associated with the sport fishing industry, and through traditional subsistence gathering.