Captain’s Log 2014

December

We attended Council meetings in December which included the issue of using traps or not in the gulf to fish Sablefish. Then home for the holidays.

It was a challenging year, but at the end of the day we have comfort in knowing we can endure all things through Christ who strengthens us and gives us peace. Merry Christmas!

November

We visited Jim’s sister in West Virginia and attended customer appreciation day at her farmer’s market in Winchester where some of our seafood is sold. From there we went to Seattle and attended Vessel Insurance meetings and the Pacific Marine Expo.

Farmers Market in Wincheseter, VA
Farmers Market in Winchester, VA
Jim, Scott, and his wife to be, Shannalyn West at the PME
The Mayfair Farm family- Danny, Philip, Dana, and Beth Nowak with Jim and Rhonda

October

Boat yard work in Seward by Vigor, the new shipyard owners in Seward. Plus we had the fish holds re-coated by Raibow Industrial, and interior painting done by Mike Ritz of Alaska Marine Coatings, Seward’s new professional Industrial painter.

Out of the water for a paint job at Vigor Industrial in Seward
The Mariner’s Memorial in Seward- Rhonda served on the committee that is guiding its development to help memorialize those lost from our maritime community

June - September

The Kruzof launched into its fishing season, Fishing 3A, 3B halibut, CG, WY, SE , Chatham and Clarence B.cod. Meanwhile, Rhonda held down the home and office, hosting industry, visitors, selling fish, attended some industry meetings.

Farmers from the Mid-west hosted by an Agri-Business Tour Group, connected with me to show them how we do it with fish in Seward
Attending a Bill signing that I pushed to get passed. It cleared up a regulatory conflict with statute that industry kept tripping over
One of my buyers at the Saturday Market, Richie Clarke with Alaska Blackcod
Scott and Pavel overseeing one of the halibut offloads

On September 26th, just days after our last fishing trip we rushed to attend the 40th Anniversary of the United Fishermen of Alaska. To our surprise Jim and I were voted as Fishermen of the year for 2014. We were so surprised, yet thought what a way to be restored after false accusations and a trial brought on us by the State. The award was well received!

Click here for more information about the award.

Catching big sablefish in the gulf with crew members, Pavel, Paul, and Scott
Jim and Rhonda receiving the UFA Fishermen of the Year award
Farmers Market in Wincheseter, VA
Jim, Scott, and his wife to be, Shannalyn West at the PME
The Mayfair Farm family- Danny, Philip, Dana, and Beth Nowak with Jim and Rhonda
Farmers Market in Winchester, VA
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