Sustainable fishing: sockeye salmon and Native American nets in the Pacific Northwest


Skipper Ian Kirouac presses his cellphone to one ear and a radio to the other while he barks orders to his crew from atop his perch.

Meanwhile, he keeps a lookout for salmon. His multitasking mixes traditional and modern technologies.

Suddenly, Ian’s gaze focuses hard on the water. He sees fish. “Take ’em”, he yells, and all hell breaks loose.

He yanks on a rope releasing an armada of gears; the tail end of the net lifts out of the water, and two fishermen pull frantically hand-over-hand on the net to isolate a school of sockeye salmon in a corner pocket.

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