Balancing is required when he works his salmon net in the Elliott Bay fishery. Balancing the time spent at and away from the net. And, balancing as he leans out over his launch to mend the net. The net torn by the sea lion from California.
While mending the net, he opportunistically harvests newly arrived fish. The sea lion waits for him to leave, hungry from having spent much of the summer mating (with up to 16 females) - not to mention fasting - down in the warm waters of Baja, California.
Of course, this is the fisherman's livelihood, and the sea lion is "biting" into his take. But he's cool with that. "After all," he said when asked about the feasting visitor, "they're his salmon, too."