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Last Spring, Nor’ East Trawl System’s Takeo Inoue contacted us about testing their ‘Gull Wing’ modified pelagic/bottom trawl door that promised many advantages over our existing doors.  More spread, less weight and and we believe lower impact on the seafloor.

We tested the doors in the Gulf of Alaska starting in July and then again in the Bering Sea in August. Takeo then arranged for the FFI team to visit the Nichimo (parent company of NETS) Tank Test Facility in Shinomoseki Japan last November. Over three days we tested the doors in a controlled setting changing many variables. It was very interesting to see  all that these revolutionary doors can do.

See the Ship’s Blog entry for more on this visit to Japan. Nichimo Tank Test

And then today, I came across the advertisement below for the NETS ‘Gull Wing’ door from the April National Fishermen Magazine.

The ad reminded me of all the people at Nichimo and NETS that took such good care of us on the trip to Japan and continue to with fish trading and fishing gear.  Our hearts go out to our colleagues and their families/friends in Japan in the wake of the Earthquake and Tsunami.

Finally, a special thank you to Takeo for bringing the Gull Wings to our fleet – In addition to the US Intrepid, the American No.1 will start fishing with these doors this next trip.

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The American No. 1 offloaded trip 6 at the City Dock in Dutch Harbor Feb. 5th. It was our first dockside offload of the year. Reports show the fishing has been good and trips have been coming in faster than ever...

If you’ve been in Kristian’s office, you will have noticed the beautiful painting by Bristol Bay Native Artist Apayo Moore.

At Eastpoint Dock by Apayo Moore

Apayo has a website and Facebook account if you would like to take a look at her artwork and community involvement.


Her painting is a beautiful rendition of our vessels and if you’re interested she can possibly paint something for you.

Here are a couple of links to articles and additional information regarding Apayo.

Bristol Bay Times

Alaska Native Visionary Award

Our thanks to Apayo for her artistic work and we wish her all the best.

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It’s a blustery day today in Dutch Harbor as the American No.1 finishes up offloading trip #3/2011

American No.1 offloads in Captains Bay

Note the three trampers (Korean refrigerated freight vessels) and Mt. Ballyhoo in the background. The American No.1 is offloading to TPI’s tramper Dinok.

We’ll be out before midnight to start trip #4 – good luck, good sailing, & good fishing.

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Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Happy New Year – year of the metal rabbit.

The rabbit is said to be a lucky sign and we’re going to focus on the rabbit’s traits of safety and security as always.

Last Friday a packet was sent to all crew via FedEx (to your address on file) and Email (if you’ve provided an email address).

It is very important that you note that February is Open Enrollment month for our FFI crew medical plan – if you wish to participate in the plan starting March 1, 2011, YOU MUST ENROLL BEFORE THE END OF FEBRUARY. Please contact Amanda in the office to take care of this.

401k ~ Sovereign Wealth Management & Medical Insurance ~ Allen Insurance

The mailing also included:

  1. Direct Deposit instructions for your pay and draws
  2. 2011 Policies
  3. Vessel Schedule
  4. FFI Twitter – @ FishFinest

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Please contact the office should you have any questions or concerns ~ we are proud to offer these opportunities to our crew ~ good people are the key to our success! To quote Ms. Park, “build your career at Fishermen’s Finest ~ be proud, be strong, and be successful.”

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