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Alaskan Crabbers… Meet Florida Fishermen

October 21, 2009
Sig Hansen

Sig Hansen

My favorite television show is the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch.” I sit on the edge of my seat in anticipation of the big waves coming over the bow of the ship and to see how full the crab pots will be. My love for watching the crab boats hauling in the king and opilio crabs now has an even more special place in my heart. Three of the most popular captains are helping to promote our Florida seafood!

Captain Sig Hansen of the fishing vessel Northwestern and Captains Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand of the fishing vessel Time Bandit are showing their support by starring in three public service announcements for Florida’s working waterfronts and some of Florida’s coastal communities. The PSAs are set to run in December with print media and other advertising to follow.

Johnathan Hillstrand

Johnathan Hillstrand

The goal of the promotion is to highlight working waterfronts and Florida’s commercial fishermen. Florida’s history is deep in an unmistakable connection to the coastal waterways that surround it. A working waterfront can be best described as a community that evolved and adapted to their main resource – the sea. Many of Florida’s own hardworking, dedicated fishermen will be featured on our web page where they will show their fishing boats and even tell some tall fish tales!

Andy Hillstrand

Andy Hillstrand

Florida’s fishing traditions are among America’s most colorful and unique. All along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts Florida fishermen bring in their catch of safe and wholesome seafood. When you buy seafood, be sure to ask if it is Fresh from Florida. You will be helping local fishermen and local economies.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. October 21, 2009 8:51 am

    Very exciting! And what a great idea for promoting seafood. I know people that will spend their entire weekend watching Deadliest Catch marathons (I’ve done it myself once or twice).

  2. October 21, 2009 11:32 am

    I am a florida commercial fisherman born and raised and I think we could use all the help we can get as far as promoting Florida Seafood because we as an industry are struggling to keep afloat we may not be as exciting as Sig and the boys in Alaska but we still provide food for america and the government is trying it’s hardest to see us fail we are a dying breed and we need help.

  3. Nicole permalink
    October 21, 2009 11:51 am

    Douglas- we are working hard for you and other commercial fishermen to keep the industry alive and thriving. Keep us the good work supplying us with wholesome Florida seafood!

    • October 21, 2009 1:18 pm

      Yes maam, my entire family and I work hard every day to provide fresh fish and crabs for Florida but it seems the harder we work to survive and provide the harder they try to take what we have done for five generations my grandfather is in his seventies and still he makes castnets for the entire state and hopes that someday we will be able to once again fish the way we did in the old days but I fear he will never see that day all we can do is keep working hard to provide for our country and hope the people appreciate what we do we are not out to kill innocent fish we are out to put food on america’s table and provide a service that most people will not. thank you for taking the time to read my reply maam and you have a wonderful day.

  4. October 21, 2009 4:40 pm

    Very cool. Great show. Glad they’re doing this for FL.

  5. Lori permalink
    October 23, 2009 4:56 pm

    So cool! Thanks guys!


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