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Fish-Work: An Interview with Commercial Fisherman and Photographer Corey Arnold


Corey Arnold is a fine art photographer based in Portland, Oregon. His work examines man’s relationship with the natural world including animals, food production, and environmental issues. Since 2002, he has photographed his life at sea working as a Bering Sea Crab fisherman and documented his summers captaining a sockeye salmon fishing boat in Alaska. In the off-season he continues to explore the world’s commercial fisheries in an ongoing project entitled Fish-Work. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide and published in Harpers, The New Yorker, New York Times LENS, Art Ltd, Rolling Stone, Time, Outside, National Geographic, Mare and The Paris Review among others. Corey has publishe...

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Trade Stories: Rich, The Bouncer at the Norwegian Rat

Perched in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, Dutch Harbor has been owned by Russia, settled by gold rush prospectors, fortified by the U.S. Navy, bombed during World War II and now, made famous by reality TV. Surrounded by the Bering Sea, one of the most productive fisheries in the world, this noteworthy area attracts hard working individuals from all over the world. Rich, the bouncer for the local bar the Norwegian Rat, followed this same path; navigating to this remote island in Unalaska to earn extra money before returning home to California. We had a chance to catch up with him over a refreshing Adios M.F., one of the saloons de facto drink specialities, as he worked the door late on a Sa...
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In Search of Arctic Grayling

Krystin Bablinskas is an environmental engineer with a penchant for adventure and travel writing. Her life partner, Bixler McClure, is a Geographic Information Systems analyst and amateur photographer. Always together, the duo explores Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula from their home base in Seward, whether on foot or by sailboat. They detail their wild tales on their blog Alaskagraphy and have two full-length Alaskan sailing movies on their YouTube account. Follow along as the adventurers recount their first successful Arctic Grayling fishing expedition to a remote lake during the Alaskan autumn.Summer breezes by and disappears with a dusting of snow on mountaintops. The nights lengthen, the ground...Read More

Help Protect Bristol Bay

Photos courtesy of Jim Klug.

"Imagine an open pit mine in the remote wild lands of Alaska that covers an area 50 percent larger than Manhattan, with dams the height of Hoover Dam, and the potential to hold more than 7 billion tons of waste.That is exactly what could happen if foreign-owned companies are allowed to build the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed. This pristine system of rivers and lakes is home to the largest runs of sockeye salmon in the world. These salmon support recreational sport fishing and allow Native Alaskans to maintain their centuries-old way of life.The future of these remarkably productive and irreplaceable Alaska lands could be changed forever by...Read More

Still Saving Bristol Bay

Still Saving Bristol Bay

Words by Judith O'Keefe.Last May, I wrote about a trip I took to our nation’s capitol as part of a contingency of sportsmen and women gathered together by Trout Unlimited/Save Bristol Bay.  We descended on Washington D.C. to ask our elected officials to support the Environmental Protection Agency in it’s effort to utilize the Clean Water Act to save the Bristol Bay watershed in Alaska from a proposed massive open-pit mine.Trout Unlimited has just issued a statement expressing its disappointment in learning that, as of Feb. 5, the EPA has decided to conduct a second, potentially lengthy, review of its Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment.Tim Bristol, Alaska Program Director for Trout Unlimited, r...Read More
‘In Your Words’ explores the incredible stories we’ve received from Filson fans across the globe.  Send us your own experiences with our clothing or product here for a chance to be featured on the Filson Life blog.  Greg survived a bear attack in part due to his loyal dogs and his Filson Tin Cloth.  Read his story below.I was up in the Kashwitna Mountains outside of Talkeetna, Alaska with my two dogs. We were high up on a ridge looking for rocks. I had on my Filson Tin Cloth Coat and my Packer Hat.  Anyway, the dogs started running up and down sniffing the air.  I knew something big was close by.  A few minutes later a big grizzly comes busting out of the tree line.  The dogs go wild and aft...Read More

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