Eddie Hayes continues to deliver intense footage from the dungeness crab seasons along the West Coast. Stylish edits and breathtaking footage define his labor of love with the sea. On this piece, Eddie takes more of a documentary approach to the grueling crab season. Tune in to see how Eddie’s voyage transpires on the F/V Aleutian Isle.
Winter time in the harbor can be a lonely place for fishermen. I snapped a few shots this season as boats prepared for the Southeast Brown King Crab Fishery. So far, the fishery has been a bit slow, but fishermen were lucky enough to have a great stretch of sunny weather. The ex vessel price for crab is about 10 bucks a pound and the average crab is about 10 pounds, so every crab is like a hundred dollar bill.
The wild Alaskan Pollock that Kenny catches in the Bering Sea, is the fish in the Filet-O-Fish.
I doubt that any commercial fishing vessel would rely on simply an ipad to navigate the boat. However, it looks like the iPad could be useful on the vessel for something else than just streaming video. With AIS, GPS, and Wifi, you can easily turn that tech toy into a piece of hardened marine equipment. I highly suggest the Lifeproof iPhone or Ipad case before you decide to bring the iDevice to the fishing grounds. There are a number of different navigation apps for the iPad and iNavX rises to the top with easy chart downloads, AIS compatibility, and easy waypoint execution. The key here is the ability to download raster charts, the ones that look just like the old paper ones, directly to the iDevice as needed. The app will recognize your position and recommend charts in that area. Once the charts are downloaded, you can use the app offline. There are other apps for marine navigation, such as, Navionics and Navimatics. These apps sell for much cheaper, but you are stuck with proprietary charts that only work in that program. iNavX is a whopping 50 bucks on the app store and its a great purchase. You won’t need any other marine app on your boat, though. If you are a Mac guy, there is iNavX laptop software for Mac OSX.
If traceability is the new trend in the seafood industry, then the F/V Loki and lokifish.com are who you should learning from. Since 1980, the Loki Fish Company has been a pioneer at direct sales and private marketing techniques in the Northwest. The vessel primarily focuses on salmon trolling and gillnetting in the waters of southeast Alaska. Captain Pete Knuston also owns a Puget Sound permit for salmon fishing, which has allowed him the unique opportunity to sell fish directly from the docks at the Fishermen’s Terminal. If you have ever since the fresh salmon sign as you go over the Ballard bridge, then the Loki Fish Company has done its job. They have made quite an impression on the internet, too. Please make sure to click through and see their snazzy website at lokifish.com. A friend of mine, “East Coast Jack,” had the adventure of a lifetime as a greenhorn aboard the vessel this past summer. Its nice to see someone with so much experience is still willing to share that knowledge with fresh faces. Overall, the F/V Loki should be a model for any fishermen. The Loki Fish Company has it all, family, fish, and a future.
Once again, fishermen will get the chance to harvest King crab in southeast Alaska. The outlook for the fishery is great. King crab are likely to sell for over 12$ lb. The morning weather is supposed to be starting with heavy winds and the lows may drop down into the snow zone on the first evening. All in all, it sounds like its going to be a great short fishery. Here is a pic from a local Juneau boat, the F/V Star of the Sea.
King crab season drops in less than 24 hours. The weather looks like it will be a nice start for the fishermen. This year is likely to garner the highest price ever for the limited catch. Good luck out there.