Port Protection Alaska

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  • 2015
  • 8 Seasons

Port Protection Alaska is a reality television series that follows the daily lives of residents living in the isolated fishing community of Port Protection, located on Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska. Debuting on National Geographic in 2014, the show documents the rugged Alaskan wilderness lifestyle of this remote village’s eclectic villagers as they subsist off the land and sea.

With a population of less than 50 full-time residents, Port Protection is described as a “tight-knit community that watches each other’s backs.” The show highlights the importance of self-sufficiency, survival skills, and community in this isolated outpost. Residents must brave the cold winters, storms, and wild animals to make ends meet through fishing, hunting, foraging, and odd jobs. Living off the grid with limited medical care and law enforcement, they rely on one another for support and survival.

Port Protection Alaska focuses on several main families and individuals. This includes father-son duo Pat and Mike, who make their living commercial fishing, hunting, and running a bear viewing business. Gary and Mary Miller, former California hippies, live in a cabin they built themselves. The Tosh family, including parents Tim and Lisa along with their young son Samuel, arrived from Texas in search of a new life in the wilderness. Other characters include Sueann, a retired teacher, and swamp brother duo Tim and Chris, who catch fish and game to sell and trade in town.

While isolated, Port Protection still attracts a cast of eccentric, diverse characters from the lower 48 states who came searching for adventure, freedom, and a new start off the grid. Despite their differences and the harsh conditions, the community comes together to help and look out for one another. They share skills and resources, barter and trade goods and services, lend a hand to neighbors in need, and even take in orphaned animals.

At the heart of Port Protection Alaska is the theme of resilience. Viewers witness the grit, perseverance, and ingenuity required to survive in this unforgiving yet beautiful landscape. Daily tasks like chopping firewood, hauling water, gathering food, and repairing damaged structures characterize the reality of subsistence living. Danger also lurks in the surrounding wilderness, from aggressive brown bears to volatile weather. Yet the show focuses on the bonds and spirit of community that carry the residents through all challenges.

While providing an intimate glimpse into an isolated world, Port Protection Alaska also touches on the encroaching effects of modernization and climate change even on this remote homestead. Life may look different now than decades past, but the people of Port Protection draw from generations of Alaska Native ancestry and local knowledge to maintain their cherished way of life. Their story continues to unfold as the community braces for change while still holding onto their off-the-grid independence and identity.

Port Protection Alaska is a series that is currently running and has 8 seasons (86 episodes). The series first aired on July 19, 2015.

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This Must Be The Place
16. This Must Be The Place
April 25, 2023
With the help of neighbors Carl and Morgan, novice crabber Matt Carlson breaks in his new boat in an iceberg minefield.
Last Flat Day
15. Last Flat Day
April 19, 2023
Residents spend time and energy to get results before winter. Matt and Carl get ready for an epic journey. Oliver chases after deer.
Granpa's Pot
14. Granpa's Pot
April 12, 2023
Breanna and Oliver drop pots for shrimp. Sam and Curly help each other out and look for salmon. Squibb and Matt make major upgrades.
The Huntress And The Greenhorn
13. The Huntress And The Greenhorn
April 4, 2023
Breanna puts her lifetime of hunting experience to the test on a solo mission for deer but encounters some unsettling signs.
12. Wolfpack
March 28, 2023
Tim "Curly" Leach may have bitten off more than he can chew as a pack of wolves turn a routine duck hunt into a potential bid for survival.
Apex Predator
11. Apex Predator
March 21, 2023
Residents race to complete projects before winter. Curly constructs a duck blind. Oliver and Breanna try to load up on crab.
Treasure and Hunters
10. Treasure and Hunters
March 15, 2023
Sam and Troy embark on a treasure dive. Mary stalks a buck. Curly sets a skate for big fish. Oliver quests for firewood.
It Gets Shallow Fast
9. It Gets Shallow Fast
March 8, 2023
With winter on its way, Sam and Squibb band together to build Curly a hoist but struggle to lift a massive piece of steel into place
A Run at the Kings
8. A Run at the Kings
February 22, 2023
With some neighborly help from David Squibb, Tim 'Curly' Leech finally tears out the death trap decking waiting just outside his front door.
Alaskan Gothic
7. Alaskan Gothic
February 22, 2023
With fishing season underway, Sam and Matt race to fix an old boat for Matt's first fishing trip as captain. Carl and Morgan target valuable salmon.
6. Deadwood
February 14, 2023
Veronica tries to fell a tree. Sam and Squibb set nets for sockeye. Oliver builds a rainwater catchment system. Carl and Morgan install a garden.
Uphill Battle
5. Uphill Battle
February 7, 2023
Residents of Port Protection join forces to move a thousand-pound sawmill to Carl and Morgan's property.
Loading for Bear
4. Loading for Bear
January 31, 2023
When one of the town's only phone lines to the outside world goes down, village newcomer Veronica Arrants steps up to prove she's got what it takes.
Sink House
3. Sink House
January 24, 2023
Curly and Mary try for crab. Sam and his sons go fishing. Troy helps Oliver and Breanna lift their house. Carl and Morgan teach Veronica to survive.
Everything Eats Each Other
2. Everything Eats Each Other
January 17, 2023
As the community of Port Protection springs forward, Squibb and Troy join forces to repair a sinking float that could cause a massive oil spill.
The Perfect Bear
1. The Perfect Bear
January 10, 2023
As the community of Port Protection springs forward, Squibb and Troy join forces to repair a sinking float that could cause a massive oil spill.
Where to Watch Port Protection Alaska
Port Protection Alaska is available for streaming on the National Geographic website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Port Protection Alaska on demand at Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    July 19, 2015