Courtesy of Axel Kopun

Blessing of the fleet in 2017. 

Axel Kopun and George Anderson have fond memories of the Chignik purse seine fishery’s heyday. Once, Kopun was on a boat hauling in a purse seine so full of sockeye salmon that the corks holding the net up started to sink. Fish were jumping out of it. And one of the crew members jumped right into the net seething with salmon to hold up the corks and keep fish in.

In 2018, however, Chignik’s fishermen were left with no salmon in their nets or fish in their smokehouses.

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