A FAMILY AFFAIR
Night on Alaska’s Bering Sea. Only the lights of the 300ft C/P Starbound break the pitch black darkness. Work on this boat never stops. Even in rough seas when huge, freezing waves batter the hull and reach as high as the wheelhouse.
Throughout it all, Tylar Loewen is focused on keeping the crew, the gear and the catch safe. ‘Working in rough seas is hard, but if the shift ends with a net full of fish, it’s all worth it’.
BORN TO FISH
Captain Jeff Garrison, 46, was always going to be a fisherman. His dad was captain of a 125ft crabber, and Jeff spent his childhood summers out on the ocean, playing on the rear deck. Experiencing those days with his dad inspired him. Jeff would watch him and think ‘Wow, I want to be like that guy’.
To Jeff, being out on the waters gives him a sense of freedom. It’s part of who he is. ‘It doesn’t feel like a job. I actually miss the adventure of it when I’m home.’
TWO SIDES OF SUSTAINABILITY
Jeff Garrison feels the same, recognising the role he plays in protecting the planet, so that current and future generations are able to make a living off the ocean.
‘It’s our job to leave things the way we found them. When shoppers see the MSC label I hope they understand we’re taking care of the stock of fish’.
MORE FISHERMAN STORIES
Imagine sailing the seas at all hours, in all weathers, facing down Mother Nature to bring home the freshest fish. Our fishermen, just like The Captain, eat the cold for breakfast, washed down with a glug of driving rain. So make yourself a fish finger sandwich, pull up a chair and put yourself in the ice-cold boots of those who brave the oceans.