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We are over 100 years old!!!

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.


We have now published the history of our Union in a coffee table book titled "One Hook at a Time: The History of the Deep Sea Fishermen's Union". It was published by Documentary Media, a well known and respected publishing house in Seattle, Washington. It was printed using the Union printing house, Reynolds DeWalt from New Bedford, Massachusetts. It is 100% MADE IN THE U.S.A. Originally written by Jeff Kahrs, with additional material by Barry Provose of Documentary Media, many hours of research by Thomas Samuelsen, as well as edits, rewrites and sidebars voluntarily written by members of the Union. It is a wonderful collaborative effort. It is on sale at the Union office. This is a limited edition printing about our 100 plus years of fishing history that has previously never been written. We would like to thank 4 Culture for supporting this project. We are very proud of it.

We continue to grow and evolve but not without the help of our members, sponsors and corporate advertisers.

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 institutions.

A heartfelt Thank You to our generous Sponsors and Donors
who helped us Celebrate our
100th Anniversary in February 2012
It was a success because of all of you, Thank You Again

Trade Printery
Yakutat Seafoods
Salty Dawg Saloon
Marshall's Guide Service
Ballard Blossom
Chef John Howie Restaurants
Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar
Sport Restaurant and Bar
John Howie Steak
Adriatic Grill Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar
Dana Besecker
Drakeley PLLC
Ballard Oil Company
Minar & Northey LLP
The Big Fish Grill
Ken "Duff" Hoyt
F/V Memories
LFS Marine Supplies
Ponti Seafood Grill
FV St John II
FV Chandalar
VGS Chateau Potelle - Napa Valley
Paul Severson
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
Sara Chapman
Canlis Restaurant
Seattle Marine and Fishing Supply
Robert Paoli
FV Carol M Norm and Cherie Ness
Marshall and Susan Ross
Anthony's Restaurants
Jim and Kelly Bergquist
Knutsen & Falk LLC
Fishing Vessel Owners' Association
Ray's Boathouse, Cafe & Catering
Lori & Dean Adams
Airfield Estates
Andy Ness & Jessica Crabb
John Sabella & Associates Inc
Philip D. Hingston, Inc. P.C.
CBC Distributing
Interbay Food Company
Helly Hansen
Pepper Bridge Winery
Northwest Farm Credit Services
Urban Kitchen Company
Mark Anderson of Edward Jones
Powell, Seiler & Company, P.S.
Trident Seafoods
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.

Thank you to our corporate web advertisers for their support.

LFS, Inc. (Gear & Supplies)
Website: www.lfsinc.com
Year Round:
Seattle - 206.789.8110
Dutch Harbor - 907.581.2178
Summer Season:
Cordova - 907.424.5495
Naknek - 907.246.4490
Dillingham - 907.842.5376






                                           Deep Sea Fishermen's Union            Phone: (206) 783-2922
                                   5215 Ballard Ave NW Suite #1           Fax: (206) 783-5811
                                   Seattle, WA 98107                         Email: dsfu@dsfu.org

                                    Office hours vary - call for appointment

                                                                                Last updated on 09/03/2015