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Fishermen’s Fall Festival set for this weekend

2015 1001 loudahailer SeattleFestThe 27th annual Fishermen’s Fall Festival will be held this Saturday, Oct. 3, in Seattle. This festival celebrates the return of the North Pacific commercial fishing fleet to Fishermen’s Terminal.


This all-volunteer event aims to increase the public’s knowledge of the fishing industry and raise money for the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial Foundation, which helps pay for safety training, grief counseling and scholarships for fishermen and their families.


Annual highlights at the festival include oyster slurping and salmon fillet contests, a salmon barbecue, and exotic reptile show and survival suit races.


Admission is free and activities take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For a full schedule of events and more information, visit the festival’s website.


Hazwoper training in Seattle this fall

2015 0928 loudhailer HAZWOPERFremont Maritime photo.Fremont Maritime in Seattle is now offering monthly, open-enrollment Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard training courses for mariners.


These courses are designed for those individuals who respond to and assume an offensive role regarding hazardous substance releases or potential releases. OSHA requires that mariners who are expected to respond to oil spills from their own vessels must have this training.


Once an individual has completed the initial 24-hour class, he or she must take an 8-hour refresher class every 12 months.


These classes cover the OSHA/Washington State training requirements in 29 CFR 1910.120(q) and WAC 296-824 for Hazardous Material Technician level responders.


24-hour Hazwoper technician classes are scheduled for Oct. 19-21, Nov. 11-13 and Dec. 9-11. 8-hour refresher classes are scheduled for Oct. 5, Nov. 25 and Dec. 18. More more information, visit the Fremont Maritime website.


Eric Haynes’ Cod Cakes

  • 2 pounds 8-oz cod fillets, fresh if available
  • 4 ounces fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 ounces onion, diced fine
  • 1 ounces celery, diced fine
  • 1 ounces red bell pepper, diced fine
  • 1 ounces green bell pepper, diced fine
  • 2 tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 oz. heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco
  • Cooking oil or clarified butter as needed

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Book Reviews

What’s on your list for summer reading? Well, let me suggest “A Mariner’s Miscellany” by Peter Spectre. It’s a collection of all things relevant and irrelevant concerning the sea, the whimsical and the serious; it’s about boats, ships, anchors, knots and ballast, the lore, poetry and language of the ocean and those who have traveled it.

2015 0526 Miscellany bookThough written in 2005, this collection is a timeless classic.Spectre has written several marine related books and did the yearly “Mariner’s Book of Days,” a nautical desk diary and calendar. He was also editor at International Marine, Wooden Boat and currently Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors. Those years spent writing about boats and correcting author’s notions of boats and the sea have endowed him with an eclectic mix of nautical knowledge.

For instance, does anybody know what “dogs running before their master” means? It’s a heavy swell in advance of a hurricane. That’s in the chapter “The Language of the Sea.”

In the same chapter is a listing of the “Different kinds of dead.”
Included is “dead horse” — a cash advance for wages to be earned, and “dead marine” — an empty beer bottle.

In the chapter “Bread is the staff of life; rum is life itself” is a recipe for Serpent’s Breath (a note says it’s enough for the entire crew):
1 bottle dark rum
1 bottle light rum
1 bottle Cognac
7 cups tea
3 cups lemon juice
1 ½ cups sugar

Stir the sugar and the lemon juice into the tea, then add the hard stuff. Allow the ingredients to meld for two hours — if you can wait that long.

If you are dumb enough to be at the wheel after sharing in that concoction, it won’t be long before you’re aground. But Spectre’s book tells you how to handle that situation in the chapter “Time and tide wait for no man.”

“If you should run aground on a falling tide and can’t get her off, climb over the side and scrub the bottom while you wait for the tide to return. Your friends will think you went aground on purpose.”

In the book’s 289 pages there’s a whole lot more, some of which you might know, most of which you never heard of. Check it out.

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Inside the Industry

Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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