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A fishermen motions to others whose boats have "gone dry" or gotten stuck on a sand bar while fishing as the tides receded on the North Line in the Egegik River Fishing District of Bristol Bay, Alaska on June 27, 1998. Bristol Bay is home to the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery.  The commercial salmon drift gillnet fishing fleet is limited to boats no longer than 32 feet in length.  There were over 1,800 permanent entry permits listed in 2002 which each vessel is required to have.  Typicaly bopats fish with two or three deckhands.  Peak of the season is around July 4th in this fishery which lasts about a month. The rivers also get a fair amount of chum, king, and chinook salmon.  Bristol Bay is located in the southwest part of Alaska.