“I have been fishing since 1979 and my Great Grandpa Paul Chukan fished with us at that time. He was the first commercial fisherman in our family and my children and nieces represent the 5th generation. My mother and I fish our permits and gear on the site that my Grandpa established after he transitioned away from drift fishing in a sailboat. He said that the king salmon liked to go scratch their bellies on the rocks on the high side of his site and that is why he chose that spot.
My daughter is now a full-fledged crew member in our family operation and my son comes out with us in the early and late parts of the season when the fish ing is light and the water isn’t too rough. Migrating to the Naknek River every summer is something that brings constancy to my life and I am so proud to share this with my kids and continue our connection to Bristol Bay; the place that has given us life.”