[Fishing is] a rare lifestyle where you can learn a really specific set of skills from your parents, continue to make a living with those skills, and raise your kids in the same environment.
What do you love most about fishing in Alaska?
I love the successful days, the deckloads, getting sets too big to load on my boat and having to call a tender to pump them off, the flat calm days, the quiet nights on anchor, crew dance parties, pilates on deck, getting to raise my sons in the middle of wild Alaska.
What does sustainability mean to you?
It means to me that there is no one more concerned with the health of the fish populations that the people whose lives and livelihoods are centered around the abundance of salmon returning each year. We do not want any overfishing, we want a well-managed sustainable fishery that preserves fish populations and our way of life.
What do you love about Alaska?
It is huge. You can have whatever adventure you want right here. I also love the small remote villages in Alaska and getting to visit and participate in their traditional lifestyles and ski with the kids in those villages.
How long have you been fishing?
I grew up commercial fishing from 17 days old with my parents. I bought my own seine operation in 2000.
Strong at Sea
The “Strong At Sea” collection celebrates the women fishing Alaska’s waters for wild, natural and sustainable seafood. Captured on deck during the summer of 2019 in the Copper River and Prince William Sound fishing areas, these female fishermen represent the heart and soul of Alaska’s commercial fleet.