Ship's Blog - Fishermen's Finest

The Alaska Flatfish Fishery has obtained Marine Stewardship Council Certification.

Following a comprehensive assessment process by an independent certifier, Alaska’s flatfish fisheries were certified yesterday under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) environmental standard for sustainable and well-managed fisheries.

Yellowfin Sole; one of Fishermen's Finest primary target spp.

Read the press release below:

YFS MSC Certification 

As Helena Park, our CEO and President has always said, “it is our duty to be good stewards of our Nation’s resources.”

It is a good reflection on our sector to have the independent assessment by the MSC of our stewardship of the flatfish fisheries.

Fishermen’s Finest ~ a team of excellence ~ our name says it all…

Thanks to Joe, our neighbor on Haystack Hill (aka Joe Alaska on Weather Underground) for this picture of the American No.1 leaving Captain’s Bay on May 13th (trip #15)

Photo courtesy of Weather Underground Member Joe Alaska

For more information on Joe and life in Unalaska, visit Joe’s blog:

As you can see in the photo, Spring has yet to arrive in Dutch Harbor.

Fishermen’s Finest was pleased to support the North Pacific Fishing Vessel Owner’s Association at their 25th Annual Golf Tournament yesterday at the Golf Club at Echo Falls

Thanks to our host Global Insurance; our team consisted of Captain Scott Bryant, Damon Nasman, Wayne Okino & Kristian Uri.
The weather held and the group did well – winning 2nd place low gross.

For more information on the NPFVOA Safety Program, please visit their site – our vessels are proud to be active members and send many of our crew through NPFVOA safety training:

A good time for a good cause ~ Fishermen’s Finest – a team of excellence – our name says it all.

Our neighbor on Haystack Hill and Expeditor ‘Extraordinaire,’ Roger Deffendal joined a couple of dozen other good people in Dutch Harbor to shave their heads in solidarity to those who are bald not by choice, but from cancer.

That would be Roger, on the right!

Read the entire story at The Dutch Harbor Fisherman:

And for more information on expediting services, visit our good friends at Aleutian Expeditors:

Fishermen’s Finest – a team of excellence - our name says it all…

Fishermen’s Finest will be in Portland on Friday recruiting for possible processing positions aboard the F/V American No.1 and F/V U.S. Intrepid – see the link below for more information:

Hardworking, dedicated, positive attitude individuals are encouraged to apply.

Fishermen’s Finest – a team of excellence – our name says it all.

Thanks again to Joe, our neighbor on Haystack Hill for this video of a couple of Humback whales making the rounds from Agnes Beach to Captain’s Bay earlier this week.

You’ll notice the TPI blue trampers in the bay, as well as the Ocean Peace (ex Amfish) offloading.

One website talks of the migration patterns of the humback whale as follows: Most North Pacific humpback whales begin their annual migrations from the Gulf of Alaska in early fall.

What results is an exodus to three primary locations in the southern latitudes of the North Pacific. One group will travel to the coast of Baja in Mexico. Another will migrate to a group of islands south east of Japan. But the largest population (over 60%) will find themselves in the Hawaiian Islands, a distance of nearly 3500 miles from their feeding grounds in Alaska. This migration takes the humpback approximately 4 to 8 weeks to complete.

The majority of the humpbacks that travel to Hawaii end up in the waters off Maui. It is a “trickle migration with the juveniles usually arriving first, followed by the adult males, adult females, then the pregnant females.

Thanks again to our Dutch Harbor neighbor Joe on Haystack Hill for this video from yesterday.

Kudos to the USCG; we are thankful for their presence and support in the Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, and Gulf of Alaska. These guys are good!

Sand Point, AK; photo courtesy of City of Sand Point

Each year in April, July, and October, we venture over to the Gulf of Alaska, where we’ve been fishing since 1986, to participate in the deepwater and shallow water complex fisheries.

Ports of call typically include Sandpoint (where both our vessel’s will be with Trip 11 this Friday), Kodiak, Seward, etc.

Above is a photo from the City of Sand Point website (along w/ my description of the various landmarks).

Below are a couple of links for more information on Sand Point: