"Alaska: Battle on the Bay" is a reality docu-series on Animal Planet.

Prepare for war on the water. In Alaska, fishing is a full-contact sport, and this series submerges viewers within a high-stakes fishing drama as 1,800 captains and their crews draw the battle lines to help protect Alaska's ecosystem from the 44 million strong sockeye salmon migration and reel in a massive payday.

On the bay, the arm of the law is long, tempers are short and every single decision is the difference between drawing a huge income and settling for pennies. The series opens just days before the annual migration of more than 44 million sockeye salmon in Alaska's Bristol Bay and closely follows five captains and their ships. This "Battle on the Bay" comes with several tough challenges: all 1,800 boats must fight the elements and each other within highly policed areas of water "districts" during a tight four-week fishing season.It's environmentally necessary to fish for almost half a billion salmon since they may wreak havoc on Alaska's waterways, so fish and game dictate very stringent times and boundaries for fishing and utilize recon helicopters and police squads to monitor the quantity of the fish hauled out. But, the police presence does nothing to deter fishing boats from becoming battering rams and crashing into one another for prime position.

With loads of potential fortune swimming just below the surface, the crews know the unpredictable and dangerous bay is the least of their worries. Each boat also must prepare for whatever its desperate and money-hungry competition may have in store while it keeps an eye on the legal fishing line. Crossing over it by even a few feet results in a steep fine that may maroon an entire season.

This season, join five of the most dedicated captains and crews who best represent the 1,800 vessels that angle for prime position during this "Battle on the Bay": Taran White, Luke Swab, Vince Hoiby, Tom Walsh and Leonard Ferrigno.

In the most competitive fishery on Earth, which Captain can keep his crew afloat and capitalize on the salmon gold rush in Alaska?

"Alaska: Battle on the Bay" is produced for Animal Planet by Trooper Entertainment, in Association with Lionsgate Television and Watson Pond Productions. Dave Caplan and Brad Johnson are executive producers. Jordan Moss is co-executive producer. Keith Hoffman is the executive producer and Pat Dempsey is the associate producer for Animal Planet. Andy Berg and Jordan Hall developed the show for Animal Planet.


Network: Animal Planet
Genre: Reality
Premiere Date: January 8, 2015
Seasons: 1
Production Companies:
Trooper Entertainment
Lionsgate Television
Watson Pond Productions

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