Salmon from the other side of the globe
Facts & figures
The Ekuk fishery is the only fishery in Bristol Bay fishing with small gillnets. That’s what makes the quality so outstanding. During low tide the fishermen in Ekuk throw out their gillnets horizontally in the sea and anchor them on the beach. The fishermen swim upstream during low tide and afterwards pull the nets with their trucks on the mainland. They manually take the fish out of the nets; within one hour the fish are iced.
The end of the world
Ekuk means ‘the last village below’. This can be taken quite literally: it’s the most southern village of the Nushagak Bay, a branch of the Bristol Bay. You can only reach it by boat or plane, making it feel a bit like it’s at the end of the world. In summertime about 400 people live here, but during winter the place is abandoned.