The Union was established in November 1912 as this nation crept toward its involvement in World War I. Fleets of dories were carried to the fishing grounds on the decks of steamers and the work of fishing was not only difficult but very dangerous.
As the fishery developed, the new “schooner fleet” began to displace the dories and steamers. These fishing vessels were Northwestern hybrids that melded the design of Gloucester-style schooners and the Norwegian fishing sailboat. By the 1930’s, the utility of this design, its remarkable safety and seaworthiness were all well known. The efficiency and environmental friendliness of hauling longline gear directly from the decks of these vessels was established. The halibut/sablefish fishery has continued to evolve setting the standard for the professional handling of the boats, gear and fish.
Although the halibut/sablefish longline fishery has been the backbone of the Union, we did incorporated crab fishermen during their rationalization. We consider ourselves more of a fixed gear Union rather than just longliners.
We continue to grow and evolve but not without the help of our members, sponsors and corporate advertisers.
We are soon to be publishing a coffee table book titled "One Hook at a Time: The History of the Deep Sea Fishermen's Union". We would like to thank 4 Culture for supporting this project.
Our corporate advertisers are the peripheral businesses that co-exist
with us in the fishing industry. They range from banks & IFQ brokers,
restaurants and fish buyers, maritime lawyers & accountants, fishing
& seafood periodicals, gear & supply houses, to safety & maritime training
who helped us Celebrate our
100th Anniversary in February 2012
It was a success because of all of you, Thank You Again
Salty Dawg Saloon
Marshall's Guide Service
Chef John Howie Restaurants
Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar
Sport Restaurant and Bar
John Howie Steak
Adriatic Grill Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar
Ballard Oil Company
Minar & Northey LLP
The Big Fish Grill
Ken "Duff" Hoyt
LFS Marine Supplies
Ponti Seafood Grill
FV St John II
VGS Chateau Potelle - Napa Valley
Pacific Fishing Magazine
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Bay Cafe at Fishermen's Terminal Doc 7
Clipper Seafoods, Ltd.
Icicle Seafoods, Inc. Seward Fisheries
Sixth Avenue Wine Seller
Seattle Marine and Fishing Supply
FV Carol M Norm and Cherie Ness
Marshall and Susan Ross
Jim and Kelly Bergquist
Knutsen & Falk LLC
Fishing Vessel Owners' Association
Ray's Boathouse, Cafe & Catering
Lori & Dean Adams
Andy Ness & Jessica Crabb
John Sabella & Associates Inc
Philip D. Hingston, Inc. P.C.
Interbay Food Company
Pepper Bridge Winery
Northwest Farm Credit Services
Urban Kitchen Company
Mark Anderson of Edward Jones
Powell, Seiler & Company, P.S.
Pacific Seafood Processors Association
Crawford Nautical School
Cuong and His Banking Team
Marine Service & Supply Inc
Sailor's Union of the Pacific
QFC Holman Road
F/V Arrow, Inc.
LFS, Inc. (Gear & Supplies)
Deep Sea Fishermen's Union Phone: (206) 783-2922
Last updated on 08/27/2014