Native Alaskan Tom Andersen, once a commercial fisherman, no longer makes his living from the sea, either. “You can’t fix it. Once you break that egg, sometimes that’s it,” he says.
Andersen, 71, says the waters here have sustained his people, the Chugach, for generations. He now picks up odd construction jobs hanging drywall. A whole way of living has changed, he says, making a wiping motion with his arm.
“You pretty much lived there — you got your clams and crabs and fish,” he says. “And then somebody come and dumped oil all over it, you know? That’s really hitting home.”