Ocean Notes: A book of Seafaring Women

February 06, 2017 1 Comment

This fall, Salmon Sister's designer Emma created a book called Ocean Notes. Ocean Notes is a collection of words, photographs, lists, artwork and letters from seafaring women in our commercial fishing community. These women call themselves fishermen and find themselves at sea sometimes for months at a time. Commercial fishing in Alaska has traditionally been considered men’s work, but a fiercely resourceful, intelligent and creative community of women are working in the industry today. Because Alaska is big, the water is wide, and modern modes of communication are often challenging while fishing, these women send letters and write stories and reflect on their experiences through drawings and lists and poems that attempt to capture or illustrate their reality. Life at sea can be physically and mentally trying; it can also be inspiring, life-defining, and at times indescribable to those who haven’t experienced the beautiful wilds of Alaska’s oceans themselves. Each page of this publication holds a different female fisherman’s experience, the combination of pages defines a collective identity of Alaskan seafaring women. 

The book contains 118 pages, some of which we've shared below. It is organized into sections of Alaska's main fishing areas, and full of amazing content submitted by women around the state. Ocean Notes is not currently for sale, though we have dreams that someday we will start sending our customers semi-annual publications like these, full of interesting, beautiful, relatable content. Emma loves designing them and there are so many amazing people and stories still to celebrate. Thank you everyone who contributed something to this project, you are all such inspiring women. 

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February 07, 2017

This book sounds incredibly interesting! I am a teacher in the Bristol Bay area, Port Heiden to be exact, and would love to show my students published work of those in neighboring villages. Will this book ever go for sale? If so, I know plenty of fisherman and fisherwomen that would love to get their hands on it.

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