Kamchatka, Russia | Where the Salmon Rule, National Geographic Magazine: Commercial Fishing Brigade

The commercial Fishing Brigade outside of Sobolevo, Russia, fish the Vorovskaya River. It is, ironically, the same river from which they offload supplies for the pipeline that will eventually destroy their salmon runs.  But at the end of the first big push, their nets are so full of salmon that they can’t immediately load them onto the trucks.  So while fish are in the holding pen, the truck driver has time to play with his dog. 

Commercial fishing is allowed 40 to 60 percent of the fish run every year in Kamchatka.  Poaching can take nearly as much, so on a good year only 20 percent of they fish escape to breed again. 

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