Five weeks on Bristol Bay: Downeast fishermen bring Alaskan salmon to Maine

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

While blueberries ripened on Downeast barrens, two local fishermen were making their way to Alaska, exchanging the Sunrise County’s wooded waterfront for one even more remote. This summer, Captain Chris Mullen of Machias and Asher Molyneaux of East Machias spent five weeks fishing for salmon in the shallow waters of Bristol Bay, famed for its unspoiled beauty and abundant wildlife.

Mullen said the bay’s remote nature is part of what keeps it pristine.

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