Writing this journal entry with swollen and aching hands, I want to express great thanks to the individuals that are making this incredible journey possible. Plenty of blood, sweat, and tears have been shed as we have repeatedly stood up against the status-quo, stepped into the great unknown, and resurrected a forgotten piece of history for the benefit of both wild fish and fishermen.
The Fisherman: Blair Peterson, the only living 3rd generation trap fisherman in the country, has endured more than one could imagine. Without his selfless passion and commitment to his community and fishery, none of this could be possible.
The Interns: Blake Joplin and Mary Valentine have sacrificed weeks of their time to help us collect the data needed to develop sustainable fisheries. Each grueling day as the crew operates the trap and tags fish from 5 am to 10 pm, these impressive and dedicated students assist pulling lines and recording data until the bitter end of the night.
The Crew: This is more than just another research project for staff biologists Aaron Jorgenson, Justin Eastman, and Adrian Tuohy. The crew puts their heart and soul into everything, leaving home for weeks at a time to gather the data that is needed to sustain wild fish and revive our commercial fishing communities. So proud to work with these amazing individuals.