Commercial Fishing Photos

Commercial fishing vessel F/V Ace offloads a net full of herring to a tender during the Sitka sac roe herring fishery, Sitka Sound, southeast Alaska (Patrick J Endres /

Commercial Fishing Industry

Commercial fishing is an essential industry in Alaska. Various types of seafood harvesting occur across Alaska’s vast coastline, from the far western Aleutian Islands to the southeastern panhandle. Alaska’s wild salmon, herring, shellfish, and groundfish are sought-after products in the seafood marketplace. The industry faces many challenges and potential threats, and proper management will be critical to its future sustainability. All commercial fishing photos are available for purchase as stock photography or fine art prints to display in your home or office.

Pacific Herring

Cape purse seiner commercial fishing vessel Nicholas Michael draws a net full of Pacific Herring tight during the first 2006 Sitka Sac Roe Herring fishery opener on the north side of Middle island in Sitka Sound, March 2006. (Patrick J. Endres /

Herring sac roe fishery, Sitka, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres /

2006 Herring Sac Roe commercial fishing fleet during the second opener in Sitka Sound. (Patrick J. Endres /

Salmon Fishing

Purse seine net is drawn while commercial fishing for salmon in Prince William Sound, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres /

Commercial fisherman Bill Webber takes salmon out of the net as they come over the gill net bow roller during a 12-hour sockeye and king salmon opener on the Copper River Delta, southcentral Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres /

Copper river Sockeye salmon caught in the Copper River Delta gill net fishery. (Patrick J. Endres /

Aerial of Commercial Fishing gill netting Bow Picker with net soaking for Salmon in Port Wells, Prince William Sound, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres /

Commercial fishing trolling vessel in Sitka Sound. Sunset behind Mount Edgecumbe, an inactive volcano on Kruzof Island, southeast Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres /

Commercial fishing trolling vessel in Sitka Sound, Sitka, Baranof Island, southeast Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres /


Live spot shrimp, sometimes called Alaska prawns, were recently caught from the waters of Prince William Sound. (Patrick J Endres /

Shrimp fishing boat in Port Wells, with a view north to the Chugach mountains and Harvard glacier in College Fjord, Prince William Sound, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres /

Crab pots stacked at the International Port of Dutch Harbor, Aleutian Islands, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres /

Commercial fisherman, Louis Holst, sells Dungeness crabs at the Thomsen harbor in Sitka, Alaska (Patrick J Endres /