North Pacific Fishermen Send First Load of Gear to Save South Pacific Fishery
ALASKA BERING SEA CRABBERS
17249 15th Avenue NW Shoreline, WA 98177
In just 4 short weeks, the North Pacific Fishing Industry has raised $85,000.00 to help restore the artisanal lobster fishery on Robinson Crusoe Island, the lifeblood of a community located 400 miles west of mainland Chile that was demolished by a tsunami in February.
Fishing gear and supplies such as outboard motors, winches, batteries, buoys, lines, radios and raincoats have been purchased and are being delivered to Seattle’s Fisherman’s Terminal this week to prepare for the loading of the Chilean bound container.
The loading party represents the wide variety of project participants -- fishery groups, crabbers, trawlers, long-liners, fishing associations, gear suppliers and maritime businesses – which will pack the container July 9th.
All comers are invited to stop by Fisherman’s Terminal from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to sign or write a note on a special buoy before it is tossed into the container van. Bering Sea Crab Boat Captains Jim Stone, F/V Retriever and Kale Garcia, F/V Aquila, will be there for the loading and conversation with the public.
Additional donations will provide materials for winches and net sheds that the Robinson Crusoe fishermen will build for their small boat lobster fleet.