Our experiences working on the water are all unique – we come from different places, fish in different areas, spend our seasons with different crew and are experts at different things on the boat. But as women who fish, we share some commonalities that are perhaps hard, at times, to put into words. Perhaps our hardships are similar, and perhaps similar simple things bring us the greatest joy during the fishing season. This video, Fisher Women, is a glimpse into some of these commonalities that bring us back to the water year after year, and into the things that make us thrive while working on the ocean. Strong women, unite!
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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.