“Bristol Bay is a home-away-from-home and became so after I spent my first summer there in 2010, at age eighteen, cooking at a setnet camp and nannying for my dad’s godson’s kids on Nushagak Point.
I grew up on the water in southern New England, even commuting by boat to high school, raised by a community of parents, families and neighbors each with a unique and strong relationship to the ocean. After my first summer at fishcamp my own relationship with the ocean grew. I came to understand the water more as a source of life than I ever had before.
This is not more palpable anywhere other than Bristol Bay. Mid-season, the river itself pulses with life, and you can feel it swell with the lives of fish, a life source themselves, just standing on the riverbank. Time away from Bristol Bay has only changed my appreciation for water by nurturing and growing it. Each precious body of water supports the health of this Earth and pristine Bristol Bay is the glowing leader that we must protect and use as example. Not to mention, its wonderful people, with whom the shared experience of knowing this place is truly something special.”