Fishing crews are legally invisible | Community

Twenty years ago, I was standing on the street corner across from the Anchorage Hilton wearing an enormous dried rockfish head. In my hands was a sign that said “Crab Rationalization Unfair to Crew.”

Surrounding me were other crab crewmen and their families holding similar signs. It was the culmination of a groundswell movement among crab crew who were just about to be thrown out of the industry by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which was meeting inside.