National Geographic : 1959 Jul
KODACHROMESBY THOMASJ. ABERCROMBIE,NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSTAFF@ N.G.S. Knee-deep in Salmon, a Fisherman Crams the Hold with a Glistening Catch "Salmon and Alaska have been as closely intertwined as cotton and the South." says the author. Salmon fishing, the State's leading industry, earns some $60,000.000 yearly, more than eight times the price paid for Alaska by the United States in 1867. In a good year the catch approaches 300 million pounds. This crew member of a purse seiner stows the catch with a barbed stick called a pew. Netted salmon flop aboard a seiner near Ketchikan (next page). Men use a huge P dip net to lift the fish. Like a pendant on a necklace, a boat appears suspended from its purse seine, a huge net flung around a school of fish and drawn shut below the surface.