Aug 17, 2015
This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. Set netting- a family fishing tradition.
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Later this month a court case will decide if Alaskans can vote to ban set nets in so called urban regions. Kodiak alone is home to more than 150 set net operations. Fish Radio visited Larsen Bay to experience a day in the life of a set netter.  
 “A regular fishing day, up at six, in and out about three times a day. It could last anywhere from two hours each pick to four to five hours depending on the weather, or what mother nature deals ya. Kelp, jellies, fish, whatever the program is for the day.”
Mark and Sheila Beardsley have been picking nets for over 18 years in Larsen Bay.
“Sometimes we call it ground hogs day, cause it’s like the same thing. You know when you wake up the alarm clock goes off you have a bowl of cereal put the rain gear on all this stuff before you go out. But you never know what you get till you get out there.”
“Get up pick the nets. Take a break, pick the nets, and take a break pick the nets. That’s day to day.”
Lifelong set netters David and Erik O’Brien say it is hard work, but there is nothing else like it.
“I do like to get out of the city life and come out where we have all this freedom. To be in the skiff and work hard and know why we are working and producing something tangible.”
“The favorite thing for me is the family. And working together, and living together and playing together. Which I think is a really unique opportunity that families don’t get. So that to me is what was special.”
Jane Petrich started Far Side fish camp along with her sons in 1988. A second year crew member for the Beardsley family, Josh Oberly is now enjoying similar experiences.
“I like the whales. To cruise across Uyak Bay, three times a day. It’s really beautiful just being outside being out on the ocean. It’s a whole different world.”
“I just enjoy it. I think it’s just working on the water, being outside, it’s healthy. Its physical work, but it’s a healthy work, keeps your body moving.”
No matter what the salmon season may bring it doesn’t stop set net families like the Beardsley’s and the O’Brien’s from coming back year after year.
“It’s like what Al Hoy said.” You can have a really good year and you don’t get rich. Or you could have a really bad year and you don’t go poor.”
 Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods. Ocean Beauty has contributed over 10 million meals to the U.S. Food Bank network, and is committed to ending hunger in America. In Kodiak I’m Stephanie Mangini.