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Commercial Fishing

Commercial Fishing

Outside our bookstore window, fishing vessels pass by all day long. Fishing is the backbone of the economy in the Aleutian Islands, with the International Port of Dutch Harbor holding the top spot of largest fishing port by volume for over two decades. This playlist consists of audiobooks about (and related to) the commercial fishing industry, including some readers will recognize as being on Discovery's "Deadliest Catch", filmed here in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor.

Playlist Tags: Museum of the Aleutians topic: crabbing topic: fishing

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Fishing

How the Sea Fed Civilization

By Brian M. Fagan
Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
Length: 13 hours 2 minutes

In this history of fishing—not as sport but as sustenance—archaeologist and bestselling author Brian Fagan argues that fishing was an indispensable and often overlooked element in the growth of civilization. It sustainably provided enough food to allow cities, nations, and empires to grow, but it did so with a different emphasis. Where... Read more »

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Time Bandit

Two Brothers, the Bering Sea, and One of the World's Deadliest Jobs

By Andy Hillstrand, Johnathan Hillstrand & Malcolm MacPherson
Narrated by: William Dufris
Length: 7 hours 20 minutes

The Time Bandit is the fishing vessel that Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand use to hook the "deadliest catch," Alaskan king crabs and opilio crabs, in the Bering Sea, a dangerous and mercurial body of water that can steal years from a fisherman's life. The Hillstrand brothers, however, are the real "thieves." They take valuable crabs from the sea... Read more »

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Captain Phil Harris

The Legendary Crab Fisherman, Our Hero, Our Dad

By Blake Chavez, Jake Harris, Josh Harris & Steve Springer
Narrated by: Pete Larkin
Length: 6 hours 39 minutes

Prior to his untimely death in 2010, Captain Phil Harris was a star of Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch, the hit show that follows the exhilarating lives of Alaskan crab fishermen as they brave the vicious Bering Sea. He led his crew through hurricane-force winds and four-story-high waves, hauling in millions of pounds of crab and raking in... Read more »

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Cod

A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

By Mark Kurlansky
Narrated by: Richard Davidson
Length: 7 hours 38 minutes

Author Mark Kurlansky pleasantly surprised the world with this engaging best-seller that garnered rave reviews from critics and casual readers alike. His subject for this whimsical biography is the codfish, a species remarkable for its influence on humanity. Cod, Kurlansky argues, has driven economic, political, cultural and military thinking... Read more »

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Eat Like a Fish

My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer

By Bren Smith
Narrated by: Bren Smith
Length: 7 hours 43 minutes

Part memoir, part manifesto, in Eat Like a Fish Bren Smith—a former commercial fisherman turned restorative ocean farmer—shares a bold new vision for the future of food: seaweed.

Through tales that span from his childhood in Newfoundland to his early years on the high seas aboard commercial fishing trawlers, from pioneering new forms of ocean... Read more »

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