We traveled 15 miles from False Pass to fish near Sanak Island, where hundreds of cows, left from the inhabitants of an old cod saltry, still roam. The houses on the island have been deserted for 30 years, but their interiors remain intact – as if their occupants had intentions to return. We looked into the old schoolhouse. There was still writing on a chalkboard and damp grammar workbooks piled on the tables. We hiked through the village and find cow skulls left over from a hard Aleutian winter, and a cemetery where headstones are marked with familiar Aleut family names. Three brown shaggy cows watched us as we rowed our inflatable raft from their beach back to the Lucky Dove, anchored in their bay.
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Rich stories, sketches from the sea, recipes, poetry, time-tested advice, knot-tying - these are just some of the elements that weave into the fishing net of our lives. We are thrilled to be contributing members of The Young Alaska Fishermen’s Almanac, a first-ever compilation that celebrates our unique, shared and cherished fishing ways of life. The Almanac captures the ingenuity, persistence, humor and passion of the next generation of fishing leaders in Alaska and shares the stories of those who fish on Alaska's wild waters.
Meet Alaskan maker and private chef, Morgan Stewart of Gypsy Kitchen in Homer AK. If you're like us and crave seafood pretty much every day of the week, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of her interview for a Pesto Parmesan Baked Halibut recipe featuring Salmon Sisters Seafood.
Meet Oceana Wills! We grew up with Oceana in Homer, Alaska. She fishes commercially for sockeye salmon during the summertime in Bristol Bay and works on her artwork the other parts of the year. Her ocean-inspired prints cover the walls of our own home and we are so happy to share them with you! Find her prints on our web shop and at oceanawills.com.