Monday, May 7, 2012

Fishing in Alaska



In my research for Cold Justice, I found that Alaska is pretty much a fisherman's paradise. Thousands flock there to fish for salmon, halibut, crab, trout, and etc. If you would like to know more about fishing in Alaska you might want to check out Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The boat above is known as a seiner. In my book, Big Jake owned a seiner and my hero, Samuel Tanner, worked for him. In his teens, Samuel had run away from home and ended up in Alaska working for Big Jake on his seiner. At the time Cold Justice begins, Samuel's days on Jake's seiner are long gone and Samuel lives in Idaho where he owns a cattle ranch near Trailhead.

However, Samuel's world turns upside down when his Alaskan past reaches out with haunting news and jaw-dropping accusations that now makes Samuel look like a cold-hearted killer. Days of working with Jake on his boat seem more like a dream.

So let me explain a little more about what fishing on Jake's boat would have been like. Seine fishing has been used since the stone age. Way back then, their nets were probably made of green flax. Stones were used for weights with light wood or gourds as floats. Seining can be done in a river or the ocean. The commercial fisheries in Alaska are highly productive. Studies of the economic impart of both commercial fishing and sport fishing is valued at 7.5 billion. Around 89,900 jobs are in the fishing industry. 

Many young people go to Alaska during the summer to earn money for college. The crew on a seiner is between four or five people.

I came across this wonderful video that does a great job of describing seine fishing. 



The gal in the clip makes it sound so easy, but I imagine it's hard work.


In Cold Justice, so much is going on that I didn't have a scene with fishing in it, though in an effort to help Samuel, Regi tracks down the new owner of Jake's seiner to ask him questions. Is the new owner the killer? I'm not going to tell you here. But I will in the book. :)


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1 comment:

  1. I've always thought fishing looked like such hard work! Battling Mother Nature and the waves and weather. Those are brave, hard working people! :)

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