FISHERMAN STORIES

It takes dedication, courage and passion to be out on the oceans for long spells in all kinds of weather. Here we share the experiences, hopes and ambitions of Captains who are proud to call themselves fishermen.

Meet Roy Olsen, Jeff Crain and Reed Rouser. Three captains of three catch vessels fishing the Bering Sea for Alaska pollock.
FISHERMAN STORIES
It takes dedication, courage and passion to be out on the oceans for long spells in all kinds of weather. Here we share the experiences, hopes and ambitions of Captains who are proud to call themselves fishermen.

Meet Roy Olsen, Jeff Crain and Reed Rouser. Three captains of three catch vessels fishing the Bering Sea for Alaska pollock.

A SECOND FAMILY

You spend days out at sea, isolated from family, friends and home comforts. You work in extreme conditions, experiencing some of the worst weather in the world. And you face stressful situations that would test the mental strength of any man. 

This is life as a fisherman. So you’d better make sure to get along with the men you share a boat with. 

Fortunately for Reed Rousar, captain of the 270ft F/V Seattle Enterprise, he’s known the men he works with for a long time. ‘I’ve worked with guys for 20 years and you’re almost like a family. It’s a great environment and they take care of you’.

 

 

THE CREW IS CRUCIAL

Looking out for each other is a mainstay of life as a fisherman. Livelihoods – even lives – depend on the dedication, support and caring attitude of the crew.

Roy Olsen is captain of the F/V Pacific Viking, a 127ft trawl catcher vessel. He started as deck boss 21 years ago, then became night driver, then moved up to captain. He was part of the crew, so he knows the importance of having a good one – one you can trust wholeheartedly. His message is simple, yet says everything. ‘I am nothing without my crew. Without them, I couldn’t do this’. 

LOYAL TO THE LIFE

Talk to a fisherman and you’ll immediately be moved by the unwavering loyalty; to the fishing way of life; to the captain and the crew; to fellow fishermen; and to companies like Trident Seafoods, who partner with a number of boats and supply Birds Eye with Alaska pollock. 

Jeff Crain is captain of F/V Sovereignty, a 165ft trawl catcher vessel. He’s been a fisherman for 35 years, ‘There’s a ton of loyalty,’ he says, ‘Especially with Trident and the other catcher boats. 

 

 

LOYAL TO THE FISH

The level of care and protection fishermen have for each other is matched only by their love for the oceans they work on and the fish they catch. 

‘I think wild Alaska pollock is one of the best fish you can get,’ says Reed Rousar.’ I eat it every day on the boat and my kids love it – I have to bring home a case every time I come home.