Parents' Guide to

Alaska: Battle on the Bay

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Rival salmon fishermen aggressively compete in reality show.

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The series, similar to fishing shows like Wicked Tuna and Lobster Wars, shows how individual fisherman navigate the Salmon Derby to cash in on the annual event. It highlights challenges each captain must face on their own vessels, like struggling with engines that are barely seaworthy, and coping with dangerous costly mistakes being made by greenhorn crews, as well as the competition as a whole. Constant monitoring by law enforcement also adds to the fray. Much of the show's entertainment value comes from the competition among the fisherman, who engage in downright violent traditions like slamming boats into each other (more dangerous than fun) in order to secure a coveted spot on the water. As the season progresses, each vessel's catch numbers are posted, creating as much tension as can be created on a show about fishing. It's not for everyone, but fishing enthusiasts will certainly enjoy it.

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