Want to have an on-the-water adventure in Alaska? This new program will give you the experience you need to get a commercial fishing job.

Editor’s note: After publishing, we were alerted that the start to this program has been postponed to spring 2022, instead of starting in fall 2021. The post has been updated accordingly.

The Gig Harbor BoatShop and Washington Sea Grant have partnered in developing a new Purse Seine Crew-Member Training Program. The six-day program will first be offered in the spring of 2022 in Gig Harbor, Washington (exact dates are to be determined).

  • Designed by commercial fishing vessel captains and Washington Sea Grant, the program will equip you with fundamental crew-member skills.
  • Program participants will be introduced to the basics of net mending, navigation, line handling, sea safety and on-deck skills on land and aboard fishing vessels.
  • The program will take place at the Gig Harbor BoatShop and aboard Gig Harbor-based commercial fishing vessels.
  • Program participants will be provided with a Crew Training Certificate and list of employment opportunities upon course completion.

To secure a spot or for more information, contact:

Sarah Fisken, Washington Sea Grant: 206-5543-1225 or sfisken@uw.edu

Gig Harbor BoatShop: 253-857-9344 or info@gigharborboatshop.org