Fisher Profiles

Who Brings Your Seafood to You? An Interview with Mike Cornman of Westport Seafood

August 30, 2022

By Olivia Horwedel, WSG Science Communications Fellow 

Mike Cornman, owner of Westport Seafood and Merino’s Seafood Market, was destined to work a career connected to the ocean. Cornman grew up in Westport, Washington — which at one point was known as the salmon capital of the world — and spent his summers working in his family’s fishing business that opened in 1985. While he left for several years to start his career ...

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Who Brings Your Seafood to You? An Interview with Dan Sleavy from High Tide Seafoods

June 28, 2022

By Benjamin Haagen, Science Communications Fellow

Local seafood processors provide valuable services to their communities by supporting fishers, bringing consistent seasonal work to locals, and providing fresh seafood. Dan Sleavy manages one such processor based in Port Angeles, High Tide Seafoods, which has been a family-owned staple of the Olympic Peninsula since 1980.

High Tide Seafoods has the largest processing facility in the area, which can process up to 60 tons of fresh salmon per day and also sells ...

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Who Brings Your Seafood to You? An Interview with Hazel Secor from Cape Flattery Fishermen’s Co-Op

April 29, 2022

By Benjamin Haagen, Science Communications Fellow

Hazel Secor has been working as manager of the Cape Flattery Fisherman’s Co-op in Neah Bay, Washington since 2014, supporting the local fishing industry and working with fishers to process and distribute seafood to communities around the Olympic Peninsula. 

Hazel started working in fisheries with the Makah Fish Company when she was in high school. “I grew up here — this is a fishing village, everyone fishes,” she says. “I like this work ...

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Who Brings Your Seafood to You? An Interview with Pete Knutson

October 19, 2020

By James Lee, Science Communications Fellow

Pete Knutson owns Loki Fish Company, a family business. He fishes mostly salmon, with a bit of halibut on the side. He’s the director of the Puget Sound Harvester’s Association, an industry group that represents non-treaty commercial salmon gillnet fishers, and when he’s not fishing, he’s a professor at Seattle Central Community College. Pete has ...

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Who Brings Your Seafood to You? An Interview with Amy Grondin

 

October 12, 2020

By James Lee, Science Communications Fellow

Amy Grondin is a salmon fisherman and a sustainable seafood consultant. She owns Duna Fisheries, LLC with her business partner and husband Greg Friedrichs. When they’re not fishing on F/V Arminta, their 48-foot wooden fishing boat, their home port is Port Townsend.

Amy grew up in Maine and put ...

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Who Brings Your Seafood to You? An Interview with Andy Mitby

October 5, 2020

By James Lee, Science Communications Fellow

Andy Mitby of Drake Teal Fisheries is a fourth-generation fisherman and also a Husky alum, with a bachelor’s degree in marine science from the University of Washington. He says his house is now divided, now that his kids attend UW and Washington State University. Andy was interviewed just before he left Bristol Bay, Alaska for the ...

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