Sockeye salmon from Ekuk (Alaska, USA)
Facts & Figures
A good catch
At low tide, the fishing men and women in Ekuk will set their gillnets horizontally in the sea and anchor them on the beach. Come high tide, when the fish swim into it, the fishers use trucks to haul them back onto dry land. After untangling the fish by hand, they’ll have the catch on ice in less than an hour.
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.