Although the local salmon season opens in early June, Stan will only be participating in this fishery for the Pink Salmon run, beginning in early August. (In June & July he will be operating a tender vessel in Bristol Bay.) Between now & then he will be looking for crewmen for the F/V Woody who can commit to working from August 1rst until the gear is put away, usually around mid-September. "Seining" is a process of commercial salmon fishing utilizing a large boat (seiner) & a small boat (skiff) and a net that is maneuvered between them. For eight years, I have been the skiff operator, while 2-3 deckhands handle the responsibilities onboard the larger fishing boat. One person stacks the corks, one handles the lead line, & IF we hire a third, they gather the loose web between the other two deckhands, piling & stomping on it to make it as compact as possible in order to conserve deck space & make it safer to walk upon.
A "set" takes about an hour, from the time the net is released into position, until the last fish is in the hold & the net is once again re-stacked on the deck. Depending on the time of year, fishing can be slow enough to be relatively pleasant (6-8 sets a day), or it can be so hot-and-heavy that sets are made back-to-back all day long, from before sunrise till after dark...and keep in mind that in Alaska in the summer, we can have up to 21 hours of daylight!!
Things can happen very quickly on a boat, so applicants MUST be able to hear well, so they can respond immediately to the skipper's directives. Lives literally depend on quick thinking & being able to HUSTLE. Crew members must be in good physical shape with a great sense of balance. No heart conditions, or any other medical conditions that could put lives/safety at risk. There are no hospitals or doctors out here!