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The Last Fishermen: ‘You can’t quit if the weather gets bad or cold or if there’s no fish’

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The last two active traditional net fishermen on one of Canada’s largest lakes wonder what the future holds. They’ve watched as fishing operations have dwindled to a sliver of what they used to be. #CBCShortDocs #StoriesFromTheLand #TheLastFishermen

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In Fort Frances, Ont., the long-standing commercial fishing industry on one of the largest lake systems in North America is on the verge of disappearing.

The Tucker family has the only two remaining active fishermen on Rainy Lake inside their ranks.

Brian and Blaine Tucker have seen the fishing operations dwindle to a slim shadow of what they used to be.

For Brian and Lynn Tucker the operation is more than just a business. It’s a reason for family to come together, rally and re-form the familial bonds broken by the residential school system.

Blaine Tucker knows that this multi-generation livelihood and way of life could soon come to an end — he doesn’t see anyone in his family taking over when he retires.

Industry pressures, government restrictions and conflict from locals all add to the reasons this industry is faltering, but it does not change the fact that this family will always have a deep connection to this lake and this land.

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