Fishing for Creativity This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. Bering Sea sisters are a slimy success. More after this… In a homestead across the bay from False Pass, near the tip of the Aleutian Chain two young women have found inspiration and fortune from fishing. It’s the dynamic duo The Salmon Sisters. “We have fished with our parents since around age ten on the boats each summer. We fish for salmon during June and July, then fish for halibut in August and September out near Dutch Harbor and Akutan.” Born and raised fisher women Claire and Emma Laukitis are the brains and energy behind the Salmon Sisters clothing line. Emma is an art major and brings the creative flare to the company. “I studied art and English in school. I started making art inspired by fish and the ocean and how we grew up, so that is where our designs started.” “I was graduating from college and we needed a project to do in our off time from fishing in the winter. Emma is a great artist and I have a business degree, so we decided to create clothes that we would wear on the dock or that we would be happy and proud to wear.” Claire brings her business savvy to both the clothing line and a new fish selling venture The Morshovi Bay Fish Company. “We have a C.S.A. fish delivery, mostly in the mid west, but all over the US.” They are offering subscription boxes of the family caught salmon, halibut, and cod. “It has been really rewarding to be able to trace our fish that we catch in False Pass all the way to some ones plate. It’s been a good experience. Emma has been really helpful with all of our deliveries so we have been towing her along for everything.” The twenty some-things take pride in their up bringing and the small coastal communities that inspired them to turn their livelihood into their two growing businesses. Claire says they enjoy being advocates for younger fisher men and women in Alaska. “It has been so neat to have so much support from people in our industry, especially younger women who want to share their stories. We are so happy to be a platform for them to do that.” “If you could see us all summer standing on that back deck we are so dirty. I know that our website and the clothes make it seem so glamorous, but to us it is just fishing.” The sisters credit the endless hours spent cleaning fish. They say having all that “creative time to think is how Salmon Sisters and Morshovi Bay Fish Company was born.” Find links to the Salmon Sisters or Morshovi Bay Fish Company at our website www.alaskafishradio.comYou can also listen to the show online at AlaskaFishRadio.com.
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Every week we share the stories of Alaskan makers and young fishermen on our social media channels. This project has given us a deeper appreciation for the community who work on Alaska waters and those who work to create Alaska goods. Everyday we learn from new people who inspires us to be better fishermen and create more beautiful things. Enjoy the following stories from a few of the Alaskan fishermen and makers we've learned from. Stay tuned for more wonderful stories this summer!
Thank you Vogue and the amazing Evgenia Arbugaeva for capturing this community of hard-working women that we hold in such high esteem. What a day for this diverse group of strong and independent women to have a moment of recognition. We feel incredibly to lucky to be able to use our Salmon Sisters audience to highlight our larger community and Alaska’s commercial fisheries.
This year, we traveled to Astoria, Oregon to attend the annual FisherPoets Gathering, a celebration of the commercial fishing industry in poetry, prose and song. FisherPoets has attracted storytellers and their many fans since 1998. We dare say it was one of the highlights of our winter.