Koll Bruce | President My fishing career began when I was 15 fishing salmon in Bristol Bay. In 1991, I began my long lining career during a halibut opening on the F/V quest. That same year, I joined the union. I continued to fish on the Quest, and also fished in the freezer long line fleet for eight years with Clipper Seafoods. Later, I fished the F/V Seymour, and currently on the F/V Evening Star. In 2006, I began to invest in IFQ's, and in 2013 I became a board member for the DSFU. I am proud to be a sixth generation fisherman, and I am proud to continue to advocate for crewman's causes as a member of the DSFU.

Koll Bruce | President

My fishing career began when I was 15 fishing salmon in Bristol Bay. In 1991, I began my long lining career during a halibut opening on the F/V quest. That same year, I joined the union. I continued to fish on the Quest, and also fished in the freezer long line fleet for eight years with Clipper Seafoods. Later, I fished the F/V Seymour, and currently on the F/V Evening Star. In 2006, I began to invest in IFQ's, and in 2013 I became a board member for the DSFU. I am proud to be a sixth generation fisherman, and I am proud to continue to advocate for crewman's causes as a member of the DSFU.

Brian Harber | Vice President I Joined the DSFU the Monday after Christmas in 1987, and left the next day, heading for the Aleutian Islands to long line black cod on the 1927 built, double-masted schooner Eclipse. I had worked in various fisheries at that point, but this was my first “chance” on a union boat. That meant all revenues, expenses, and shares were clearly documented on a settlement sheet according to the set line agreement. Until then, I had just received a check at the end of the season. Winter in the Aleutians did not go very well, but like most things in life, if you run enough gear, eventually some good will come along. One thing I learned was that the DSFU was for me. Today, I realize that the union is something that was built not by me, but by the men that came before me, and I volunteer plenty of hours each year to make sure this opportunity is available for the next generation.

Brian Harber | Vice President

I Joined the DSFU the Monday after Christmas in 1987, and left the next day, heading for the Aleutian Islands to long line black cod on the 1927 built, double-masted schooner Eclipse. I had worked in various fisheries at that point, but this was my first “chance” on a union boat. That meant all revenues, expenses, and shares were clearly documented on a settlement sheet according to the set line agreement. Until then, I had just received a check at the end of the season. Winter in the Aleutians did not go very well, but like most things in life, if you run enough gear, eventually some good will come along. One thing I learned was that the DSFU was for me. Today, I realize that the union is something that was built not by me, but by the men that came before me, and I volunteer plenty of hours each year to make sure this opportunity is available for the next generation.

Walter McQuillen | Trustee At the age of 15 I landed a job at Bay Fish in Neah Bay unloading salmon boats. I continued to work there for three summers. The day after I graduated from high school I was on a salmon troller heading to Oregon. I moved on to trolling in Alaska in 1982, and made my first halibut trip that same year. I fell in love with halibut and sablefish, and started long lining full time in 1985. I joined the union in 1990 while fishing on the Halibut schooner Eclipse, and learned the importance of taking part in organized labor. Later, I fished on the F/V Northern, and now on the F/V Quest. I’ve been lucky enough to make a living doing what I love.

Walter McQuillen | Trustee

At the age of 15 I landed a job at Bay Fish in Neah Bay unloading salmon boats. I continued to work there for three summers. The day after I graduated from high school I was on a salmon troller heading to Oregon. I moved on to trolling in Alaska in 1982, and made my first halibut trip that same year. I fell in love with halibut and sablefish, and started long lining full time in 1985. I joined the union in 1990 while fishing on the Halibut schooner Eclipse, and learned the importance of taking part in organized labor. Later, I fished on the F/V Northern, and now on the F/V Quest. I’ve been lucky enough to make a living doing what I love.

Jan Standaert |  DSFU Board From the first time I sailed a dingy on a lake near our family farm in Eastern Washington, I knew I loved being on the water. I began fishing in 1974 and joined the Deep Sea Fishermen's Union in 1988, crewing on the Coolidge with the great Angell Bunes and 86 year old Oly Hemnes. Later, I worked on the Alrita with legends Harold Nygaard and Norman Farstad, the Majestic, the Eclipse, and the Vansee with Per Odegaard and his crew of ace fishermen. Fishing on Union boats, with men and women of vast experience, raised my level of seamanship to new heights. In 1994 I became skipper of the Eclipse and have continued to work as a captain. As a board member I have promoted the business, political, and historical interests of the Deep Sea Fishermen's Union.  

Jan Standaert |  DSFU Board

From the first time I sailed a dingy on a lake near our family farm in Eastern Washington, I knew I loved being on the water. I began fishing in 1974 and joined the Deep Sea Fishermen's Union in 1988, crewing on the Coolidge with the great Angell Bunes and 86 year old Oly Hemnes. Later, I worked on the Alrita with legends Harold Nygaard and Norman Farstad, the Majestic, the Eclipse, and the Vansee with Per Odegaard and his crew of ace fishermen. Fishing on Union boats, with men and women of vast experience, raised my level of seamanship to new heights. In 1994 I became skipper of the Eclipse and have continued to work as a captain. As a board member I have promoted the business, political, and historical interests of the Deep Sea Fishermen's Union.

 

Eric Berggren |  Trustee I started working in the fishing industry on fish processors in the early 1980's.  I was attending The University of Washington at the time, and needed to pay my own way. After two stints on processors, I got a chance on a Bristol Bay gillnetter. This led me to other opportunities, and eventually a chance as a greenhorn part timer on the Evening Star, a union longliner. By the time I graduated with an Economics degree, I was working full time on this vessel. I have crewed on her 32 years to date. I have also owned and operated three different Bristol Bay boats. In 2014 I decided buying halibut IFQ's was what I wanted to do.  Because the Evening Star has a cap of halibut, I fish my IFQ's on a smaller vessel in June. I plan on fishing my IFQ's as long as I can still safely board a fishing vessel.

Eric Berggren |  Trustee

I started working in the fishing industry on fish processors in the early 1980's.  I was attending The University of Washington at the time, and needed to pay my own way. After two stints on processors, I got a chance on a Bristol Bay gillnetter. This led me to other opportunities, and eventually a chance as a greenhorn part timer on the Evening Star, a union longliner. By the time I graduated with an Economics degree, I was working full time on this vessel. I have crewed on her 32 years to date. I have also owned and operated three different Bristol Bay boats. In 2014 I decided buying halibut IFQ's was what I wanted to do.  Because the Evening Star has a cap of halibut, I fish my IFQ's on a smaller vessel in June. I plan on fishing my IFQ's as long as I can still safely board a fishing vessel.

Shawn McManus | DSFU Board After spending just over eight years in the U.S. Army as a Blackhawk helicopter mechanic, including a tour in Desert Storm, Uncle Sam wanted to send me to Korea. I was not too keen on spending a year away from my family, but I quickly found out that nepotism is alive and well in the fishing industry when my brother in law Per Odegaard offered me a job on his boat, the F/V Vansee. My initial introduction to life at sea had me wishing I went to Korea, but thankfully storms don't last forever and like many things in life, you get used to them. After a few years I realized that I wanted to do more than simply sell my labor, so I began investing in IFQ. That purchase, and my commitment to my career led me to becoming Skipper aboard the Vansee, and I haven't looked back since.

Shawn McManus | DSFU Board

After spending just over eight years in the U.S. Army as a Blackhawk helicopter mechanic, including a tour in Desert Storm, Uncle Sam wanted to send me to Korea. I was not too keen on spending a year away from my family, but I quickly found out that nepotism is alive and well in the fishing industry when my brother in law Per Odegaard offered me a job on his boat, the F/V Vansee. My initial introduction to life at sea had me wishing I went to Korea, but thankfully storms don't last forever and like many things in life, you get used to them. After a few years I realized that I wanted to do more than simply sell my labor, so I began investing in IFQ. That purchase, and my commitment to my career led me to becoming Skipper aboard the Vansee, and I haven't looked back since.

 

2017 Deep Sea Fishermen's Union of the Pacific
Board of Directors
(not profiled):

Eric Thorkildsen | Trustee
Adam Westfall | Board
Steve Thorkildsen | Board

Jeff Peterson | DSFU Board Long lining has been part of my family since my grandfather Mentor Peterson immigrated from Sweden. He fished on many boats, the last of which was the halibut schooner Seymour. My father Jim Peterson also long lined, and later bought into Clipper Seafoods. I began my fishing career at 16, working on a Salmon Tender during the summer. After a year of attending Shoreline Community College, I decided to go Fishing in the Bering Sea. I worked on the freezer longliner Clipper Epic, and later on the Clipper Endeavor. I was hired on the Kristiana in 2005 and have worked there ever since. I hold a 500 ton master's license and a 2000 ton mate's fishing license, and mate on larger vessels while not fishing on the Kristiana.

Jeff Peterson | DSFU Board

Long lining has been part of my family since my grandfather Mentor Peterson immigrated from Sweden. He fished on many boats, the last of which was the halibut schooner Seymour. My father Jim Peterson also long lined, and later bought into Clipper Seafoods. I began my fishing career at 16, working on a Salmon Tender during the summer. After a year of attending Shoreline Community College, I decided to go Fishing in the Bering Sea. I worked on the freezer longliner Clipper Epic, and later on the Clipper Endeavor. I was hired on the Kristiana in 2005 and have worked there ever since. I hold a 500 ton master's license and a 2000 ton mate's fishing license, and mate on larger vessels while not fishing on the Kristiana.