The Seward fishing community showed up in force at a mid-day work session of City Council and the Port and Commerce Advisory Board. Council and PACAB had a question: How do we attract fishing boats to Seward? The fishermen and women had an answer: build more infrastructure and develop marine service businesses. Seward fishermen have pressed for a public crane in the small boat harbor and may get one in a year or two, but they made it clear that a crane alone will not persuade fishing families to settle in Seward with their boats.
Led by Bob Linville, longtime Seward commercial fisherman and member of PACAB, several other fishers who spoke made a key point. Individual fishing families do not always berth their vessels, land their catch, work on their vessels and reside all in the same town. Maximum economic benefit goes to the town that puts all the pieces together in one place.
"We live here. We contemplated moving to Cordova. We have more support in Cordova than we do here," said Brooke Andrews whose family owns F/V's Resolute, Lively Jane and Trask.
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