Ship's Blog - Fishermen's Finest

As is our tradition at Fishermen's Finest, we gather at the start of each season on the dock or in this case at the HJP Warehouse, right up the street from our regular moorage at the Maritime Industrial Center (aka 'Old Coast Guard Dock') to hear from our President, Ms. Park regarding our team's performance in the past and plan for the future.

Fishermen's Finest hosted a group of NMFS Federal Fisheries Observer trainees at the Maritime Industrial Center on Friday. It was a great opportunity for the observers to get a first hand look at our two trawlers and our crew provided hands on information of our operations.

NMFS Observer Class visits FFI Shipyard ~ January 6, 2012

A group of about 30 observers and supervisors were present and all of us at Fishermen's Finest wish them the best of luck! Fishermen's Finest has a rich tradition in the development of sustainable seafood and in support of the precautionary resource management programs developed by our industry and the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council. We are committed to being good stewards of our nation's resources - a responsibility that supports our employees, coastal communities, and seafood consumers around the world.

For more information about the Amendment 80 BSAI (Bering Sea and Aleutian Island) FMP (Fishery Management Plan), visit the following page:

Amendment 80

Note that while we operate in the A.80 fisheries, we have 2 Federal Observers aboard at all times; during our GOA (Gulf of Alaska) operations, we carry one observer. For more information regarding our observer contractor, visit their website:

Saltwater

And finally, for overall information about the Federal Observer Program, visit the following link:

Alaska Fisheries Science Center

During the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our 25 years in business possible; it is in this spirit we say...

Fishermen's Finest is proud to acknowledge former US Liberator, American No.1 and US Intrepid skipper Konrad Sivert Uri for lifetime achievement in the fishing industry. Konrad was awarded the Person of the Year award Saturday night at the 59th Annual Northwest Fisheries Association holiday function at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle.

We all join in wishing our family and friends in the fishing industry a Happy Thanksgiving! As we near the end of our first week in Shipyard at the end of a record year for our vessels F/V American No.1 and US Intrepid, we take a day to reflect on the past year and give thanks.

Fishermen's Finest is proud to recognize Jake Moyer, Chief Steward/Chef US Intrepid as our Crewmember of the Quarter. Jake joined our team back in 2008 and has set a new standard for cooks and vessel management at Fishermen's Finest.

Fishermen's Finest is proud to recognize Amanda Heyano for 10 years of dedicated service. Amanda, a native of Dillingham Alaska started under the Fishermen's Finest - Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp (BBEDC) internship program back in 2001; a 6 month internship that worked its way into a 10 year management position.

Fishermen's Finest is proud to welcome Mike Szymanski to our team as Government Affairs Consultant.  As a lifelong Alaskan, former State Senator from Alaska and 22 years of fishing industry background, Mr. Szymanski is going to work with Susan Robinson on a variety of issues that impact our Amendment 80 sector.