Significant People of Commercial Fishing

  • Purse Seiners

    The average length of a Purse Seiner used for fishing in the Puget Sound is about 50 feet. This size boat can hold up to 15 tons of fish.

  • Gillnetters

    A gillnetter is typically a smaller vessel operated by one man also known as a gillnetter. The gillnet is the name given to the net used to snare a target size fish in their mesh.

  • Trawlers

    Trawlers are sometimes also known as a “dragger,” as this type of commercial fishing vessel actively drags or pulls a fishing net, called a “trawl,” through the water. The net is pulled somewhere between the middle and bottom of the sea. A trawler operating two nets at the same time is a double-rigged vessel.

  • Tenders

    A fish tender is a refrigerated vessel that transports fish for commercial processing or sale.

  • Longliners / Trollers

    A longliner or troller is a vessel that fishermen use to pull a line behind. Trolling involves pulling one or more lines behind a boat in motion. Longliners pull a heavy fishing line, usually several miles long and with a series of baited hooks.

  • Crabbers / Shrimpers

    Crabbing off the Washington Coast is believed to have started around 1880. The Dungeness Crab is named for a fishing village along the Straits of Juan de Fuca.

  • Fish Companies

    In 1944, the first fish-processing plant opened on the north waterfront. The Bozeman Canning Company built a 58-by-115-foot two-story building at 1520 Norton Avenue (now West Marine View Drive). Two years later, the business was renamed the Pictsweet Canning Company

  • Port of Everett Net Sheds

    The netsheds played an important role in the life of the waterfront. These sheds not only stored the nets, but they also served as a focal point for social life and community building.