Day 5: The Catch The delta is composed almost entirely of anglers. Though not in the sense that we know back home. Some young, some old. Those who do not catch fish assist the process in some other way. Fishing is more than just their culture and way of life. It is their lifeblood. We were taken out by a local elder to observe commercial dip-netting. Despite the largely misrepresentative notions of how Alaskans harvest in the lower river, it’s clear these communities take what they need and nothing more. All elders say the same thing: resources cannot be fought over, or else they will disappear. All locals follow the rules set forth by governing bodies with no complaint or protest. The work is hard and the pay is nil. Fish = subsistence. Life appears a constant struggle. Leaving tomorrow for St. Mary’s; narrowly avoiding a water shortage. Feeling both humbled and grateful.