Ship's Blog - Fishermen's Finest

America's Finest® under construction at Dakota Creek Industries (Hull #63) in Anacortes Washington reached a milestone last week when Unit 101 was put in place.  Here's the result:

Visit Harry von Stark's bLog for more detailed imagery of the placement as well as a weekly photo diary of the first Northwest purpose-built factory trawler since Dakota Creek Industries built the C/P Starbound in 1989.  

Fishermen's Finest, Skipsteknisk, & Dakota Creek Industries - a team of excellence.  

Our longtime Certified Financial Planner, Tara Johnson of Sovereign Wealth Advisors was in yesterday to update the FFinest team of the status of our Fishermen's Finest, Inc. 401(k) Plan.

As you know, the at sea crew and office staff all have access to this fine plan.  You're half way there when it comes to having a good job with a sound Company in FFI, do the 'adult' thing and plan ahead for your retirement.  Tara is available to help you design an investment strategy for your future - planning ahead can help you achieve your financial goals. 

On Tuesday June 21st, PALFINGER MARINE has received an order for the delivery of three Marine Cranes for F/T America’s Finest®, the new Factory Trawler for the Kirkland based Seafood Company: Fishermen’s Finest. The vessel is currently being built at Dakota Creek Shipyard in Anacortes, WA and was designed by Skipsteknisk in Ålesund, Norway. 


Read more about America's Finest®

Fishermen's Finest ~ a team of excellence ~ our name says it all.  

We believe safety isn't an accident - you have to work proactively to maintain a safe workplace and to train a safe workforce.  That is why we encourage our crew to better themselves by attending safety courses offered through organazations such as

Not only do we encourage our crew, we step up to the plate and pay for our crew to attend.  Further, a more trained crewmember will move up in the pay scale aboard the vessels.  It's a win-win-win.

FFinest Crew tailgate at Pier 66 prior to 12/28/2014 Company Sponsored Hawk Game

Are you ready for some football?  How about a Bonus for our dedicated hardworking FFinest Crew?  

Here's the deal:  TEAM FFI has set our 2016 goal* for 70 trips between the AMERICAN No.1 and US INTREPID:

  • If we collectively complete 70 trips, all crew members in good standing with 130 days at sea will receive a ticket to the 12/24/2016 Seahawks v. Cardinals game at the Clink.
  • Crew members with 130 days at sea will also be eligible to receive a year end BONUS if the 70 trip threshold is met. 

This goal of 70 trips takes into consideration the longer trips with more valuable species we've had during the last month.  Bonuses will be based on overall company and individual performance throughout 2016.   

It's no secret that most of Fishermen's Finest are die hard HAWK fans; the rest are at least NFL Fans.  We take this opportunity to encourage and reward our TEAM while having a good time together.

Read more about our FFinest Hawk fans:

Seahawks 12/19/2014

Seahawks 12/28/2014

Go Hawks! American No.1 

Thanks Seahawks

As of this Ship's bLog entry, pre-season 2016/17 NFL season is just 72 days away.  We're ready for some football and a great conclusion of the fishing season.

Fishermen's Finest - a team of excellence - our name says it all. 

*(Updated 9/13/16 from 73 to 70 trips)

Aleutian Spray Fisheries, Inc. and Starbound, LLC celebrated the 'new and improved' STARBOUND today at Emerald Landing on Lake Union.

Congratulations to our fellow Amendment 80 Company United States Seafoods for the Christening today of the first new entry into the fleet, SEAFREEZE AMERICA.  

America's Finest ® was officially registered on Syttende Mai; seems fitting as the vessel is designed by Skipsteknisk AS of Aalesund Norway.

She is currently under construction at Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, WA - Hull #63

Photo by Harry von Stark at Dakota Creek Industries - week 46

Fishermen's Finest® and America's Finest® = a team of excellence.