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Early Kachemak Bay fishermen show off their halibut catch

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Lore of Fishing and Marine Harvesting in Kachemak Bay
A Local Legacy

Wow, that's a pretty big fish! In fact, a halibut can grow to more than 700 pounds! How do you think fisherman catch a fish like that? In Kachemak Bay, there are many different methods of fishing.

Kachemak Bay, Alaska, is one of the richest fishing grounds in the world. People have lived there for thousands of years. Even though it's in Alaska, its climate is fairly mild. The many land and sea animals provide a source of food as well as income for the locals. After the coal industry died out in the 1900s, the locals turned to fish to make a living, and Homer became the commercial and transportation hub of the area.

Because there are so many different kinds of fish and marine life, there are many different vessels and nets to catch them with. "Pots" are used to catch crabs, nets are used to catch salmon, and "trawlers" (boats with nets that drag the bottom of the sea) are used to catch shrimp. Vessels used in fishing include "seiners," (such as canoes from which nets are pulled in by hand and transferred to larger boats with powerful net-handling equipment), and "gill-netters," which range in size and often have sails to keep them moving with the wind.

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