Contributor biographical information for Working on the edge : surviving in the world's most dangerous profession, king crab fishing on Alaska's high seas / Spike Walker.


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Spike Walker spent nine seasons as a crewman aboard some of the most successful crab boats in the Alaskan fleet. While "working on the edge," the crewman's term for laboring in the brutal outer reaches of the Berin Sea, Spike encountered 110-mph winds, roade out one of the worst storms in Alaska's history, worked nonstop for seventy-four hours without sleep, participated in record catches of king crab, saw ships sink, helped rescue their crews, and had close friends die at sea. He currently lives in Clatskanie, Oregon, and returns each year to fish for halibut in Alaska.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Alaskan king crab fisheries -- Alaska.
Walker, Spike.
Fishers -- Alaska -- Biography.