The Seldovia Webcams show views of the airport, city dock, bay and small boat harbour.
Seldovia is a city in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States. The population was 286 at the 2000 census.
Seldovia was founded in modern times as a small village by Russians working the fur trade in the early 1800s. Although there has been little definitive archeological evidence of human habitation at Seldovia prior to the 1800s, it is said the early Russian St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, started in 1820, was built on top of an older aboriginal Inuit village site. The town's original Russian name, Seldevoy, translates to "Herring Bay", as there was a significant herring population prior to rampant overfishing early in the 20th century.
Seldovia has been home to many industries, including fox farming, berry picking and commercial fishing. The lucrative King Crab fishery owes its beginnings to a few creative thinkers who used Seldovia as the staging area for what became the richest and most dangerous seafood industry in the country. Logging and mining have also featured in the history of Seldovia. And today the charter boats keep busy bringing the visiting sport fishermen to the abundant fishing grounds of Kachemak Bay and other nearby waters.
When you add up the type of occupations that are prevalent to Seldovia, combined with the fact that there is no road system arriving in the town, you can get a picture of the hardiness of the locals. You can only get there by plane or boat. Commercial and charter fishing, logging, and flying are the top three most dangerous occupations in the country. The same Dept. of Labor statistics places commercial fishing as the most dangerous being thirty times more deadly than the national average. These are a robust and likable group of people generally patient with the flow of visitors whose origins are of a more tranquil nature.
Today the school, Seldovia Village Tribe, and tourism service businesses are the dominant economic forces.
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