Pots of Gold: The Profit and the Sorrow [VHS]

 
9780925750181: Pots of Gold: The Profit and the Sorrow [VHS]
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"If you were lucky, like I was, you found your destiny, otherwise, you found your fate...there’s been as much sorrow as profit come out of the Bering Sea, that’s for sure..." That's how one veteran fisherman described the remarkable Alaska king crab fishery that made millionaires out of men who had no particular qualifications other than a willingness to work ’round the clock whenever they were on the crab, and to risk their lives in one of the most dangerous occupations on earth. Pots of Gold chronicles the history of king crabbing beginning with the World War II era when fishing pioneers like Lowell Wakefield used trawls and tangle nets to launch the king crab industry in the Bering Sea. The program follows the fleet from Seldovia to Kodiak to Adak to Bristol Bay during the glory years when fortunes were made practically overnight and fishermen at the Unisea Inn routinely tipped the waitress with $100 bills after ordering a $5 hamburger. And of course, it depicts the misery that accompanied the resource collapse that killed the golden crab and nearly scuttled the North Pacific fishing industry.

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Pots of Gold is a half-hour documentary chronicling the history of king crabbing beginning with the World War II era when fishing pioneers used trawls and tangle nets to launch the king crab industry in the Bering Sea. The program follows the fleet from Seldovia to Bristol Bay during king crabbing's glory years and depicts the misery that accompanied the resource collapse that killed the golden crab and nearly scuttled the North Pacific Fishing industry. -- Marine News, January,1997

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