Improvisation is a vital skill Alaskan fishermen acquire to survive physically and financially in winter. The extreme weather of Nome, AK, exposes Nome’s fishermen to the dangers of frostbite and snowblindness, especially when they go crab fishing. The wind and high tides also pose hindrances. Crab fishing in Nome entails making a hole through 3 feet of sea ice and dropping a pot into the water. The pots used are insulated to slow freezing. In addition to crab fishing, some fishermen also engage in fossilized bone carvings and sled-dog tours to augment their winter income.
Outside Nome, Alaska, on the frozen Bering Sea, fishermen handline pots and try not to freeze off body parts.Continue Reading