Petersburg

May 14, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Lion


A scenic sailing north through Wrangell Narrows brought us to the small fishing town of Petersburg, Alaska. The town was first established in the 1890s when a Norwegian entrepreneur came to the area and saw the potential of the location. Petersburg is near excellent fishing grounds as well as the Le Conte glacier, one which produces icebergs that were used to pack the fish on to export down to the lower 48 states.

After setting up a cannery and saltery on Mitkof Island, the area quickly became settled, earning the reputation as “the town that fish built.” During our visit we were able to walk the fishing docks and venture across the narrows to the Kupreanof Island to walk through the muskeg and street-side shops.

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Amy Malkoski

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Amy was raised near Cape Cod in coastal Marion, Massachusetts, and her relationship with the ocean and nature has always been an active one. Her parents, avid divers and marine biologists, introduced her to the underwater world when she was very young and she grew up participating in as many water-related activities as possible. Amy spent her summers sailing and exploring intertidal areas of Buzzards Bay. At age 12 she became a certified diver and is now a divemaster with the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI). In high school her passion for nature and art developed into a love of photography, using the medium to share her explorations with others. 

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