Kamchatka, Russia | Where the Salmon Rule, National Geographic Magazine: Salmon Fishing Brigade on Passing Day | Oktyabrski, Russia

This fishing brigade is just south of the town Oktyabrski.  They are making a fishing camp out of a beached, ocean-going vessel.  This ship could be used for fishing, but right now it is just their camp during fishing season. They are not fishing today because there are days when they have to allow the fish to get up river so they can spawn, allowing the indigenous communities up river to fish as well. This is the Ust Bolsheretsk area and they are fishing along the Bolshaya River.  These fishing brigades use tractors to tow one end of a net and then bring it around full circle in the river to capture the fish. The net is then dumped into small boats that have small nets laid in them. A crane picks up the small nets and dumps them into trucks that take the fish to the processing plants in Ust Bolsheretsk. If fishing was allowed every day in the mouths of these rivers just off the Kamchatka shelf, no salmon would get up river to spawn. There are two “passing days” each week when fishing is banned, so these fishermen hang out in their camp and do their laundry. Some fishermen come from as far as Ulan-Ude, which is on the border with Siberia. One of the fishermen in this photo is from PK, two are from Urilutsk, Siberia, and two are from Oktybrski. 

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