2 Likes

Fish Wheel #66 on the Banks of the Copper River, Near Chitina, Alaska
Alaska

The fish wheel is basically a mechanical dip net powered by the river current. When floated on the river, the current turns the baskets like a paddle wheel. Salmon, moving upstream, swim into the baskets and get swept out of the river. When the baske comes out of the water, the basket's tilted bottom channels the fish out of an opening and into a hopper on board the float.

This panorama was made the day before salmon season opened for the fishwheels. Normally these devices would not be sitting idle as people would be working on them to get them ready for opening day. However, the wind was so fierce on this morning that it picked up and flung glacial rock dust and sand from the valley floor making productive work impossible.

(There is another panorama of the fish wheel seen to the south. To vew it, click on the arrow pointing to it or select it from the thumnail photos on the bottom of this panorama.)

This is a subsistence fishery and very strict rules apply as to which Alaskans can participate and how many salmon they can harvest. Fish caught are "for personal consumption, and for customary trade, barter, or sharing" as stated in the regulations. Alaska law prohibits the selling or buying of subsistence-taken fish, any of their parts or their eggs.

Copyright: Tom Sadowski
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 10472x5236
Uploaded: 28/07/2010
Updated: 25/09/2014
Views:

...


Tags: river; valley; salmon; fishwheel; chitina; copper river; sand; subsistance; fishing; metal baskets
comments powered by Disqus

Tom Sadowski
Fish Wheel #84, on the Banks of the Copper River, Near Chitina, Alaska
Tom Sadowski
Road Cut in Chitina, Alaska
Tom Sadowski
Hotel and Main Street, Chitina, Alaska
Tom Sadowski
Tonsina River Lodge and Roadhouse off the Richardson Highway in Alaska
Tom Sadowski
Trans Alaska Pipeline near Copper Center, Alaska
Tom Sadowski
Copper Center area along the Old Richardson Highway, Alaska
Tom Sadowski
The Copper River From a Richardson Highway Viewpoint in Alaska
Tom Sadowski
Downtown Glennallen, Alaska
Tom Sadowski
A Rainy Spring Day at Horsetail Falls on the Richardson Highway in Alaska
Tom Sadowski
Tolsona Rest Stop on the Glenn Highway in Alaska
Tom Sadowski
Downtown Valdez, at the corner of Meals and Egan Streets
Tom Sadowski
Fishing Boats at Harbor in Valdez, Alaska 2
Matt Nolan
Outcrop learning on McCall Glacier
Matt Nolan
Campfire on the Jago River
H.David Muñoz RV360
Acuarelapaisa
G.B.
Devil's Town (Đavolja Varoš) - inside
MK Lynde
George from Parts Unknown
G.B.
Devil's Town (Đavolja Varoš)
Marian Wozny
Burg Tzschocha
sk vadim
Тоннелепроходческий щит Herrenknecht-10690 в тоннельном комплексе № 5
Jonas Nosalis
THE SAIDĖ STREAM
dieter kik
manif place de la Resistance 20101016 Quimper
Matt Nolan
Waiting for better weather on the Jago River
dieter kik
Manif place de la Resistance Quimper
Tom Sadowski
The Copper River From a Richardson Highway Viewpoint in Alaska
Tom Sadowski
Liberty Square
Tom Sadowski
Alaska Botanical Garden in Springtime
Tom Sadowski
West Quoddy Head Lighthouse near Lubec, Maine
Tom Sadowski
Dock at Sebago Lake Maine
Tom Sadowski
Norman Leventhal Park at Post Office Square, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Tom Sadowski
Fish Wheel #66 on the Banks of the Copper River, Near Chitina, Alaska
Tom Sadowski
Tractor Display at Pinnacle Mountain Lodge in Alaska
Tom Sadowski
Alaska Bush Plane, The Piper PA-12
Tom Sadowski
The Maine Lobsterman Sculpture in Portland, Maine 3
Tom Sadowski
Tonsina River Lodge and Roadhouse off the Richardson Highway in Alaska
Tom Sadowski
Twilight in Downtown Maplewood, New Jersey, USA
More About Alaska

Alaska is the largest state in the United States by area. It is situated in the northwest extremity of the North American continent, with Canada to the east, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, with Russia further west across the Bering Strait. Approximately half of Alaska's 710,231 residents (as per the 2010 United States Census) live within the Anchorage metropolitan area. Alaska is the least densely populated state of the U.S.Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska