Water comes in many forms, and McKenna Peterson has built her life around it. She conquers sea and snow as the captain of the F/V Atlantis, a salmon fisher in Southeast Alaska, and a professional skier.
As one of the few female captains and a generational commercial fisherman in Southeast Alaska, Peterson carries pressure in a high-stakes, high-risk industry. Commercial fishing is fiercely competitive, and even the most experienced fishermen can’t guarantee that fish will be caught.
Twenty-hour days fishing are the norm, and working without sleep is common — and there are still a number of variables that can make or break a successful fishing season. The most important aspect of commercial fishing is resiliency, and Peterson embodies this trait.
Take a look and learn more about her in the “I Am XTRATUF” video series.
Runtime: 9 minutes, 40 seconds