Here he is, my brave husband, risking life and limb to support his family!
These photos were taken recently on the F/V Pacific Hustler, where Zed has been dungeness crabbing off and on all winter and spring.
If you’ve been following my blog, you may have noticed a change in crew members over the last few months. This is pretty typical for fishing, especially during such a long season. Even Zed was gone for 6 weeks while he was longlining in Seward, Alaska. Former crew member Remo is back in his home state of Alaska, longlining out of Sand Point. Former crew member Ahmani is back running his family’s business, Targo Woods, in Bellingham, WA.
Some new additions to the crew are Jordan, who you can see in some of these photos, and Austin. Jordan is new to fishing, but he’s doing great and loving it. Austin is the skipper Al’s son, back to give the family business another shot after the birth of his baby daughter.
Fishermen are blessed with more freedom than most, being able to travel, move from boat to boat, only work part of the year. But the downside to this is constant uncertainty and lack of security (this part is hard for me, and I’m not even the one fishing!). Some thrive in this environment, some try it then move on to something else.
We never know what the future will bring, but I suppose that’s just the nature of life. For now, the season continues!