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At Fishermen’s Terminal – Annual blessing honors fishing fleet as season begins

For nearly a century, family, friends, and well-wishers have gathered each year to honor the crews headed to sea for the spring and summer fishing seasons. With some boats already en route to Alaskan waters, Sunday marked the 90th annual Blessing of the Fleet at Fishermen’s Terminal.  Under sunny skies, Pastor Elise Scott of Ballard First Lutheran Church dedicated the vessel, “The Sunward,” on behalf of the entire North Pacific Fishing Fleet.>click to read<08:21

“Blessing of the Fleet” – County Council joins in wishing “safe fishing” to crews preparing to head to Alaska

Washington is known for having some of the best seafood in the world, much brought to our shores from crews preparing to go to Alaska for the summer fishing season. The Metropolitan King County Council today recognized those brave men and women who will spend their summer in the North Pacific by recognizing the “Blessing of the Fleet” which will occur this weekend, the start of the halibut fishing season. “Commercial fishing has been a foundation of our economy for over a century. Fishers risk their lives, and their families risk the loss of their loved ones every year. The fishing industry is an integral part of our King County community,” said Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, the sponsor of the recognition. “We also acknowledge the many years of participation by the Ballard First Lutheran Church in the annual Blessing of the Fleet. We wish the fleet an abundant and abundantly healthy start of the season!” continue reading the story here 21:40