Ive missed this place🎣🎣
You can catch my parents here every weekend and most holidays....we were blessed to grow up on this pier & its so bittersweet that I get to bring my kids along, for this trip. Sweet; because I love reliving some of my favorite childhood past times with them. Bitter; well because, theyre still kids & after catching at least 3 fish a piece they are "bored!!" And everything is too much for them😂😂😂🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️
Chokes me up. Dad was one of the 1st added. Now 225 honored. #fishermensdaughter#commercialfishing#blessingofthefleet#Repost @juneau.life (@get_repost)
Two hundred and eighteen names are engraved on the Alaska Commercial Fishermen’s Memorial, a half circle of stone facing the water in downtown Juneau. Seven will be added this year, making 225 in total.
All of them devoted their lives to commercial fishing. For some, the memorial is their only grave site: those whose names are marked with a star were lost at sea, their bodies never recovered. For 28 years, the memorial has stood as their collective headstone.
On Saturday, the commercial fishing community gathered to honor those lost and to bless the current fleet. It’s an occasion for reflection and unity before the commercial salmon season starts in earnest.
One of the country’s top-50 ports for commercial landings, the Juneau fleet’s 640 vessels earn an estimated $21.2 million in ex-vessel income each year, according to Frances Leach, executive director of @unitedfishermenofalaska
But safety should always come before profit, Leach said. In an industry as competitive and dangerous as commercial fishing, events like the Blessing of the Fleet and Reading of the Names remind the industry where its priorities should lie.
Read more online at juneauempire.com. 📸 by Erin Laughlin | For the Juneau Empire