Salmon fishing in Alaska is a short intensive activity from June to about September.
The boats are amazing, designed to be operated by a single hand. The fisherman lays out the net and then waits for the fish to get caught, he then lifts up the net and with a huge winch rolls the net back on the boat shaking out the fish as they come up out of the water.
He then goes back and does it all over again, this for about 4 months while living on his boat all the time and then has the rest of the year off to do other stuff. All of the commercial fishermen that we met were extremely proud of their way of life, very friendly and generously gave us fish for our group.
It seems like a very profitable if difficult way of life. You need to be resourceful, independent and not afraid of hard work, as well as being able to live alone or almost alone for long periods of time.
I have also seen ads for working as deck hands on these vessels, could be a good experience for the adventurous among us.
An then we had to clean and gut our fish that we had been given.