From the Editor: Salmon in the Seine

Salmon in the Seine
Salmon in the Seine
The cover to the upcoming memoir “Salmon in the Seine.” Image: Milspeak Books.

FYI, one of Maritime Publishing’s terrific freelance journalists, Seattle-based writer and author Norris Comer, has a new book coming out.

“Salmon in the Seine: Alaskan Memories of Life, Death, & Everything In-Between,” is his debut memoir and chronicles his time working as a commercial fisherman in the Great White North aboard a highliner salmon purse seiner while in his teens.

“I was 18 years old and fresh out of high school when I ventured north to Cordova, Alaska, in 2008 to kick off my Gap Year before college,” he wrote. “What started as an aspiration to make good money and experience a proper seagoing adventure became reality aboard a highliner salmon purse seiner after pounding the docks.”

“The ecstasy of big catches, camaraderie and budding romances, and Alaska’s epic embrace crash into tragedies like Exxon Valdez oil spill cultural trauma, a fatal cancer diagnosis, and life or death struggles at-sea,” he explained.

“Salmon in the Seine,” which is currently available for pre-order, is being published by Milspeak Books in early May and will be available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and wherever books are sold.

And by the way, in addition to Pacific Maritime and Fishermen’s News magazines, Norris’ work can be found on Substack, Instagram and at

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By Mark Edward Nero