Centuries of Fish: Seattle's Dynamic Distant Water Fishing Fleet

During the latter half of the 19th Century, square-rigged sailing ships propelled by the wind and the strength of men's arms left the Seattle waterfront, bound for the Alaska fishing grounds. At the dawn of the 21st Century, factory ships armed with technology worthy of the Starship Enterprise leave the Seattle waterfront, bound for fishing grounds throughout the North Pacific. For well over 100 years, this Northwest city has been arguably the world's greatest fishing port and the hub of an industry that has played a surprisingly important role in shaping the culture and economy of the Pacific Northwest region. Centuries of Fish is a documentary videotape that tells the story of an industry that operates largely out of sight and out of the minds of those engaged in shoreside pursuits. For those who know the sea, however, this industry, the last enterprise in the modern world in which men and women hunt a product in the wild, is an enduring source of sustenance and fascination. DVD-Video

Alaska History Series