August 16, 2021

New Program!

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

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 fall of 2021 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

Gig Harbor BoatShop: 253-857-9344 or