Alaska Salmon Tenders are the lifeline for fishermen. The goal of all AK Salmon Tender, be a fast boat, meaning off load at lightning speed no matter the weather conditions at sea, even in snotty weather fast crane operations make it work. A lot of offloading fish from gillnetter, setnetters or seiners is all about the need for speed getting the brailer bag just over the rail, safely into the fish holes. Steady as she goes, those of us who have off loaded brailers many a thousands of times will say, it really comes down to muscle memory getting the fish on the boat.
After tenders are loaded they will either make a run into the cannery, cannery offloads are most likely for tenders that can go dry on low tides. For example V-bottom boats like the F/V Northwestern wouldn’t think of running up into the river with their big-0-Marco V-bottom boat. V-bottom boats most likely will off load to processors at sea in Bristol Bay and SE AK.
Come spring time Alaska tenders captain and crew are itching to run up hill and get the season started. It’s always good to be home, but after a few months the life-er tender crews are called back to their local fishing grounds to stand by to stand by to take fish and run the occasional nets and needed gear and fuel for salmon fishermen. We are all praying for better than .50 cents a pound for salmon this summer. It wasn’t to long ago the spice of salmon was $ 1.25 those days are wishful thinking for fisheries supply and demand this next Alaska summer salmon season!
Trident Seafoods F/V Four Daughter, fueled up, loaded up and ready to run up hill, coming in hot for a Ballard Bridge lift in the ship canal. May Four Daughters captain and crew be safe, stay strong, positive and have fun this summer. They are one of the early spring tenders who already left this early spring with El Nino extra nasty, snotty PWN weather underway at sea.
Silver Bay Seafoods has really done a new number on the Seafood Fisheries. These fishermen and tenders who are with Silver Bay have a buy in to join this fishery. Most AK Tender boat owners have only great things to say about running their boat and taking fish for Silver Bay. Highliner Seine Fishermen and Gillnet Fishermen seem to be happy with their payout and price of fish. Silver Bay Seafoods is still considered the new kid, new seafood fishery in the industry. They have already cut their teeth, so far so good for these men and women at sea and on land for Silver Bay Seafoods!
Deadliest Catch Boats also turn into summer Alaska tenders. There is a lot more to each fishery than being on TV for Deadliest Catch Discovery Channel. Salty Dog Boating News says “Amen, for Deadliest Catch.” To most of us who know these boats out at sea in Alaska it’s still weird to see them on TV, but hey it has brought great exposure and support to our PNW and AK seafood industry local and worldwide, and hopefully more people are encouraged and motivated to eat Wild! Go Wild With Seafood! Deadliest Catch is now in season 12, it’s that amazing that viewers are entertained by watching ya work on deck!
Deadliest Catch season 12 newest boat is Breanna A. Dwyer family boat. PFD on the bow stand for Pat Ford Dwyer who passed away a few years ago from that awful disease ALS. Pat Dwyer had a dream of getting the F/V Breanna A. up crabbing in the Bering Sea. Well it’s happened, son of Pat, Sean Dwyer is named Deadliest Catch new boat and new captain. The Breanna A. is best know as the sister boat to F/V Jennifer A. also owned by the Dwyer Family. Mom Jenny Dwyer does a great job keeping these fishing boat in check. She’s an active, hands on fishing mama. God bless this Salmon Tender family now turned new Deadliest Catch Boat. Thank you Deadliest Catch for making it happen for PFD! God Bless our PNW & AK fishing families.