Fisherman’s Terminal in Seattle is busy with salmon seine boats getting ready for the Alaska salmon fishing season. Painting, welding, repairing nets, and general maintenance is keeping many busy on their boats in anticipation of leaving for Alaska in early to mid June. I spent Saturday visiting with the fishermen working on their boats and taking photographs. All were fun to talk with and didn’t seem to mind being interrupted by a nosey photographer. I wish them all good fortunes this season.[Click on photos for larger view.]
Andrew came all the way from Maine to fish on the Jean B up in the Alaskan waters. The nets have been laid out in groups and crews are working in the sun rebuilding and repairing the nets. It’s not the actual fishing, but an absolute necessity for a successful fishing season.
This worker was part of a crew adding on to their boat’s structure. I liked the way he stood out against the blue sky. His compatriots were giving him a hard time for having his photo taken. They wondered why they were passed over. He told them, “I’m better looking.”
With a degree in recreation, fishing is what this man enjoys. He values the freedom and wouldn’t do anything else. He told me the paint he is using is a significant part epoxy and the metal components on the Corva May need to be painted at least every three years.
Long time fishermen taking a break on the Yankee Maid. I spoke with these men about the need to be multitalented, in electronics, hydraulics, diesel mechanics, and all around fix-it abilities. Dave had been working on patching fiberglass, while Art had been working on the exterior.
This will be Mark’s first year on the Vernon. He was masking and painting trim out in the hot (for Seattle) sun. He’s a painter by trade, and his wife told him he’s not photogenic. I think he photographs very well.