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From my series “Nushagak Point”

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This has been an incredible project to work on.  I met so many amazing people in the two months that I spent on Nushagak Point.  Thanks to Sam Steen for bringing me up to photograph and fish.

Located in the northern end of Nushagak Bay in northern Bristol Bay near the confluence of the Wood and Nushagak Rivers. Nushagak Point is a seasonal community that has been tied to the land for thousands of years.   The Nushagak River is Bristol Bay’s largest of six watersheds and make up 50% of the total watershed area.  The Yup’ik people have culturally, socially, spiritually, environmentally, and economically maintained a salmon based culture for the last 4,000 years.   Half of the worlds population of salmon come from the Nushagak River Watershed.  Despite the commanding position that the Point offered over the entire upper Nushagak Bay, it suffered from extensive and growing mud flats that limited access to vessels except during the bay’s extreme high tides. Nushagak Point remains the location of some productive salmon set net sites.

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The Bristol Bay region of Southwest Alaska is home to the Kvichak and Nushagak rivers, the two most prolific sockeye salmon runs left in the world. Mining companies Northern Dynasty Minerals and Anglo American have partnered to propose development of an open-pit and underground mine at the headwaters of the two river systems. The exploration site is the second largest combined deposit of copper, gold, and molybdenum ever discovered and has an estimated value of more than $300 billion.

Despite promises of a clean project by officials, the accident-plagued history of hard rock mining has wrought one of the biggest land use battles Alaska has ever faced. Documenting the growing unrest among native, commercial, and sport-fishermen, Red Gold is a portrait of a unique way of life that will not survive if the salmon don’t return with Bristol Bay’s tide.

Nushagak Salmon

I recently returned from Nushagak pt. Alaska, where I spent 7 weeks commercial salmon fishing with good friends and strangers alike.  At the same time I managed to document our experiences along the way and I am now working on putting together a body of work depicting what exactly went on during those weeks.  I just started scanning the film and now I have a lot of work to do sifting through hundreds of images.  I cant wait to share with you all one of the best summers of my life.  More work dropping soon.

High Adventure Air: 2 Guide Positions available

High Adventure Air: 2 Guide Positions available

Originally posted on FlyFishingJobs.com:

Looking for a seasoned salmon guide for our
Nushagak Remote Camp.
June 8- July 18
Salary, tips, meals.
This is a tent camp, remote.
Need western waterway 6-pak
license, CPR and 1St Aide
Call Susan or email
907-262-5237
haac@Alaska.net

Looking for a daily Fly Out guide for
salmon. Located in Soldotna
Alaska.
Gear and Insurance, License
required.
Call Susan…

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