With Independence Day on Thursday, we wanted to share our most patriotic Crew Shots and a few fun facts about the U.S. fishing industry:

  • New Bedford, Massachusetts ranked the top fishing port in the U.S. for value, with 88.4 million pounds of seafood delivered, totaling $443.2 million.
  • Commercial fishing in North America began in the early 16th century, and by the American Revolution, fisheries were a driving force of economic growth in the Northeast region.
  • Seattle is sometimes called Alaska's “southern office.” Thanks to the vitality of the North Pacific Fishing Fleet, the economies of Washington and Alaska are interdependent.

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Max Schofield, Andrew Vallieres, Jake Schreiner. Bristol Bay quick sets; clear skies, fair seas, full gear. Nushagak River, AK. #nopebblemine. Photo by Andrew Vallieres

Charter Crew, Reece Stratford & Paige Phillips with halibut out of Whittier, Alaska. Photo by Paige Phillips

Matt Blake, Hunter Blake, and Scott Blake are holding 3 Kings. Copper River Delta, Cordova 06/01/2023. Photo by Joe Maurer

Patriotic fishing in Cook Inlet’s Eastside Setnet Fishery with Hunter Richardson, Blake Bucho, and Brian Gabriel. Photo by Lisa Gabriel

The missin’ link. Photo by Patrick McGrath

Joe Rivera and Chris Serra onboard F/V Conchquest out of Cape May, NJ. A glassy day on the Atlantic. Photo by Johnny Glogowski

Silver Wave, La Niña, Voyager, Jean D, Viking Leader, Wonderland, Adirondack, Norsel, Kona Rose, Josie J at an old-fashioned “tie-up” reminiscent of old times. Captains and crews spent a weekend making new friends, revisiting the old, and sharing stories. Photo by Mundo Corrales

Laying on a net of rockfish. Photo by Brandon Jenkins

Victoria Minnich trapping spiny lobster off Pt La Jolla, CA. on F/V Wild West, October 2018. Photo by John Law

Tony Pirak 2021 Pacific gray cod, Kodiak Alaska, F/V Anthem. Photo by Tony Pirak

'It's getting closer to the 2017 albacore tuna season. Remembering last season gets me pumped up!' Photo by Jake Evans

Jean Colgan and Deirdre Jordan crew of the R/V Sturgeon work-up fish in Northern Lake Michigan. Photo by Joe Bergan

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Carli is a Content Specialist for National Fisherman. She comes from a fourth-generation fishing family off the coast of Maine. Her background consists of growing her own business within the marine community. She resides on one of the islands off the coast of Maine while also supporting the lobster community she grew up in.

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