Working on the Edge


Surviving the World’s Most Dangerous Profession:
King Crab Fishing on Alaska’s High Seas

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No profession pits man against nature more brutally than king crab fishing in the frigid, unpredictable waters of the Bering Sea. The yearly death toll is staggering (forty-two men in 1988 alone); the conditions are beyond most imaginations (90-mph Arctic winds, 25-foot seas, and super-human stretches of on-deck labor); but the payback, if one survives, can be tens of thousands of dollars for a month-long season.

In a breathtaking, action-packed account that combines his personal story with the stories of survivors of the industry’s most harrowing disasters, Spike Walker re-creates the boom years of Alaskan crab fishing – a modern-day gold rush that drew hundreds of fortune- and adventure-hunters to Alaska’s dangerous waters – and the crash that followed.

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Spike Walker


St. Martin's Press



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