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Fishermen’s Terminal Adjusts to More Than Shifting Tides

By Karissa Bodnar, Jamie Rae Seluk, and Tyler Steele

“Boats are kind of like old fishermen. Old fishing boats and old fishermen are kind of the same just adapting and at some point maybe the boat isn’t or can’t do that job as well anymore so it moves on,” says Michael Reddekopp, a captain of the boat Sea Warrior which was featured on The Deadliest Catch: Season Two. “We were just standing out on deck last night commenting that it’s a shame we’ve got this huge we’ve got all this equipment and we don’t we don’t fish anymore.”


Video by Jamie Rae Seluk and Tyler Steele

Before highways, the early fishing industry in Ballard helped the small port city of Seattle grow into the metropolis it is today. However, in recent decades the tides of change have swept into Fishermen’s Terminal. The commercial fishermen, who spent their lives along the Pacific Coast, must now adjust to new economic demands and a different way of life. Life as a fisherman is much more complex than one would expect; it is ever changing, unpredictable, dangerous, and can be quite lonely. The story of the Fishermen’s Terminal is much more than meets the eye. Located on Salmon Bay in the neighborhood of Ballard in Seattle, WA, it is located just west of Ballard Bridge.


Slideshow produced by Brittany Hoffmann and Jamie Rae Seluk. Photos by Jamie Rae Seluk.

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