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11 x 8.5, xii + 186 pages, color photos, illustrations, glossary, index

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Price: $25.00


Ocean Treasure

Commercial Fishing In Alaska

by Johnson, Terry

Byers, Kurt (ed.)

Commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. It is also a thriving industry that produces half the U.S. seafood harvest every year and generates over a billion dollars in income. Ocean Treasure tells the story of this fascinating and essential industry in over one hundred captivating color photos and drawings.

Terry Johnson's accessible and authoritative text illustrates the boats, gear, marine species, marketing principles, and local cultures that drive the largest private enterprise in Alaska, employing 70,000 people a year.

Each information-packed page conveys how important the fishing industry is to Alaskans. While Alaska Natives employ time-honored subsistence strategies to trap and hook blackfish or salmon, a commercial fisherman might use a purse seine to take thousands of herring at a time. From crabs to octopus and salmon to halibut, Ocean Treasure covers the people, technology, fish and shellfish that make Alaska waters among the richest in the world.

TERRY JOHNSON is associate professor in the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Sea Grant Marine Advisory Agent in Homer, Alaska. He has studied the seafood industries of Alaska, Russia, and Japan and has fished commercially throughout Alaska.

This book is published by the Alaska Sea Grant College Program and distributed by the University of Alaska Press.

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