FISHING COMPANIES – SEATTLE

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The fleet of ships in the Bering Sea from the listed companies usually falls into the following 3 categories:


Catching fish with the use of a trawl net – processing and freezing of the product takes place directly on the ship. When the net is set, we wait between 30 minutes and 4 hours before hauling the net, depending on how much fish is on board waiting for processing, or in the net.

Possible names:

  • factory trawler
  • freezer trawler
  • catcher processor
  • fishing vessel
  • dragger

Catching fish with one several miles long line. This line can have more than 2500 smaller ropes connected to it with fishing hooks and baits. Processing, freezing and storing of the final product also takes place directly on the ship. Trips generally take much longer than on a factory trawler – you can easily be out fishing for over 30 days.

Possible names:

  • factory longliner
  • freezer longliner
  • fishing vessel
  • catcher processor

Fishing with the use of crab pots. Chopped mackerel, herring, squid or cod are usually used as baits for this. Pots are set on muddy sea floor and hauled after a couple of days, pots get emptied and catch is sorted. The whole process is repeated until the boat is fully loaded with the catch. After reaching the port, crab must still be alive or it loses its value. Crab pots are used for catching fish too.

Possible names:

  • catcher
  • crabber
  • fishing vessel


FISHING COMPANIES – THE LIST


fishing boats in Seattle



Aleutian Spray Fisheries Inc.

2157 North Northlake Way Suite 210, Seattle, WA 98103

Reasons for listing + little info:

  • my overall impression – content rich website, many boats, boats look well maintained
  • many different types of boats for gaining bigger variety of experiences
  • cool website about one of their crab boats
  • it is a family owned company
  • APA member, partners for healthy fisheries
  • Alaska Pollock, Pacific Cod, Crab

Employment potential: 6/-
Boat types: 3 factory trawler, 2 freezer longliner, 1 crabber

JOB APPLICATION

American Seafoods Company

2025 1st Ave #900, Seattle, WA 98121

Reasons for listing + little info:

  • my overall impression – content rich website, many boats, boats look well maintained
  • APA member, partners for healthy fisheries
  • Alaska Pollock, Pacific Cod, Yellowfin Sole, Pacific Hake
  • they got caught cheating = big trouble!
  • interesting story
  • they might have a limited season/consequence of cheating? – I saw 5 of their boats in Seattle docks in April 2014

Employment potential: 6/768
Boat types: 6 factory trawler

JOB APPLICATION

Arctic Storm Management Group

Pier 69, 2727 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121

Reasons for listing + little info:

  • recommended by my co-worker
  • from what I heard they work 2 shifts; 12 hours on/12 hours off
  • they don’t fish year-round – main seasons only
  • crew share
  • my overall impression – boats look well maintained
  • APA member, partners for healthy fisheries
  • mainly Pollock
  • workers were sweating more than usual

Employment potential: 2/261
Boat types: 2 factory trawler

JOB APPLICATION

Cape Romanzov Fisheries

4502 14th Ave NW, Seattle, WA

Reasons for listing + little info:

  • Lady from human resources helped me with my job search by excluding companies with bad reputation from my list – later I found out that she was right.
  • my overall impression – content rich website
  • smaller boats = more adrenaline (they fish for crab too)
  • crew share
  • Cod fish, Crab
  • Accidents happen, viz. comment

Employment potential: 2/-
Boat types: both boats catch and process their catch

JOB APPLICATION

Blue North Fisheries Inc.

2930 Westlake Ave N #300, Seattle, WA 98109

Reasons for listing + little info:


Employment potential: 6/113
Boat types: 6 freezer longliner

JOB APPLICATION

Clipper Seafoods

641 W Ewing St, Seattle, WA 98119

Reasons for listing + little info:

  • my co-worker recommended this company
  • complaint – but maybe this guy complained too much
  • my overall impression – content rich website
  • smaller boats = more adrenaline
  • Cod fish, Sablefish, Turbot, Pollock…

Employment potential: 7/-
Boat types: 7 freezer longliner

JOB APPLICATION

Fisherman’s Finest

570 Kirkland Way Kirkland, WA 98033

Reasons for listing + little info:


Employment potential: 2/-
Boat types: 2 factory trawler

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Glacier Fish Company LLC

2320 West Commodore Way #200, Seattle, WA 98199

Reasons for listing + little info:


Employment potential: 3/300
Boat types: 3 factory trawler

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Iquique US LLC

4257 24th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98199

Reasons for listing + little info:

  • Alaska Seafood Cooperative member = top company
  • my overall impression – content rich website, boats look well maintained
  • good reputation among fishermen
  • Flatfish, Cod, Pollock, Rockfish

Employment potential: 4/138
Boat types: 4 factory trawler

JOB APPLICATION

O’Hara Corporation

4315 11th Ave NW, Seattle, WA, 98107

Reasons for listing + little info:

  • Alaska Seafood Cooperative member = top company
  • good reputation among fishermen
  • first time I applied, I was refused – they accept experienced fishermen only
  • mainly Flatfish

Employment potential: 6/-
Boat types: 3 factory trawler

JOB APPLICATION

Ocean Peace Inc.

4201 21st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98199

Reasons for listing + little info:


Employment potential: 2/100
Boat types: 2 factory trawler

JOB APPLICATION

Trident Seafoods Corporation

5303 Shilshole Ave. N.W.,Seattle, WA 98107-4000

Reasons for listing + little info:

  • APA member, partners for healthy fisheries
  • big company with wide range of activities not just in the Bering Sea – good opportunity for gaining different experiences
  • visiting the office is not going to do much help, they only accept on-line applications
  • workers get paid by case rate
  • company video
  • interview takes place outside Seattle
  • bigger company = higher assurances = potentially lower wages and impersonal attitude – I got references from my co-workers – this does not mean it is a bad company

Employment potential: 40/-
Boat types: 16 factory trawlers (13 trawl catchers), 6 crab catchers, 12 tenders (Salmon, Crab), 3 processors (processing catch only), 3 freighters (for storage)

JOB APPLICATION

United States Seafoods LLC

6901 West Marginal Way Southwest, Seattle, WA 98106

Reasons for listing + little info:

  • Alaska Seafood Cooperative member = top company
  • my overall impression – content rich website
  • cool movies about the job on their website
  • good reputation among fishermen I worked with
  • crew share
  • Flatfish, Atka Mackerel…

Employment potential: 9/195

Boat types: 5 factory trawler, 4 catcher boats

JOB APPLICATION

Deep Sea Fisheries

3900 Railway Ave., Everett, WA 98201

Reasons for listing + little info:

  • ask around about this company
  • they do “both”:
    • salmon season – Bristol Bay
    • outside salmon season – Bering Sea – Crab, Pacific Cod, Sablefish…

Employment potential: 6/-
Boat types: 3 catcher/processor, 3 tender (salmon fishing)

JOB APPLICATION

Alaska Leader Fisheries Inc.

8874 Bender Rd, Ste 201, Lynden, WA 98264

Reasons for listing + little info:

  • my overall impression – content rich website, boats look well maintained
  • office is quite far from Seattle – close to the border with Canada
  • ask around about this company
  • new boat F/V Northern Leader – innovative fishing

Employment potential: 4?(3)/80
Boat types: 4?(3) freezer longliner

JOB APPLICATION

Ocean Beauty Seafoods LLC

1100 West Ewing Street, Seattle, Washington 98119

Reasons for listing + little info:

  • big company – they have plants all over the world
  • great opportunity for entering the fishing industry
  • beautiful, content rich website

Employment potential: high
Boat types: processing plants only

JOB APPLICATION

Icicle Seafoods Inc.

4019 21st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98199

Reasons for listing + little info:


Employment potential: many processing boats and many processing plants located in different coastal regions of Alaska
Boat types: 4 processing boats

JOB APPLICATION

Peter Pan Seafoods

Denny Building, 2200 6th Ave #10, Seattle, WA 98121

Reasons for listing + little info:


Employment potential: 4 processing plants
Boat types: processing plants only

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Premier Pacific Seafoods

111 W Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98119

Reasons for listing + little info:

  • ask around about this company – almost everytime I was in Seattle, I saw their boat M/V Excellence in the Seattle docks
  • very modest website

Employment potential: 2/-
Boat types: 2 processing boats

JOB APPLICATION

Signature Seafoods

4257 24th Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98199

Reasons for listing + little info:

  • very limited season – June to September
  • small company
  • ask around about this company

Employment potential: -/-
Boat types: 1 processing plant, 1 processing boat

JOB APPLICATION

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