Between May 1 and September 15, Bruce Stamper doesn’t get much sleep. He works primarily as a spotter pilot for commercial fishing operations in the Prince William Sound. He flies his two-person Super Cub float plane over the sound, gathering indispensable information on salmon runs to relay back to the boats he works with.
During fishing season in Cordova, Stamper also works his own gillnetting boat in order to collect salmon for his family. In addition to that, he custom packs fish to sell to restaurants, internet salmon retailers, and fresh food markets.
Here’s a quick look into his world, 600 ft. above the Sound.