Alaska’s rich waters are famous for their plentiful supply of fish. But now overfishing is threatening to destroy this precious ecosystem.
The Gulf of Alaska is home to the magnificent Stellar Sea Lion – a mammal who for centuries has lived from this ‘sea of plenty’. But as over-fishing has spiralled out of control, the sea lions can no longer find food.The decline of the Stellar Sea Lion has prompted the introduction of tougher fishing regulations in an attempt to halt a worldwide crisis. However local fisheries have been angered by the move which threatens their livelihood. Environmentalists see things differently. “The fishermen will put themselves out of business if they continue,” alleges Ken Stump “if we remove fewer fish now then we will have more for the indefinite future.” To make matters worse, fishermen who have spent years carefully controlling certain species such as wild salmon are finding themselves ousted from the market with the introduction of cheaper ‘farmed’ fish. They are struggling to keep afloat “We are trying to live through this. We will not be giving up.”