Heads up to everyone who–thanks to ‘Deadliest Catch’–now has fishing fever! Here’s some supporting evidence that work actually can be found in Alaska’s fishing industry, and here’s how someone did it:
Daniel Pye of the Towanda News wrote a story–a crab fishing type of story–of how Charles Wilkins found himself a job in Alaska by applying for work online at a seafood processor. Surprisingly Wilkins then went from working on that processor to taking part in the actual fishing/crabbing on a fishing boat, in no time. Check it out…
When people in the Tonawandas are complaining about winter weather, Charles Wilkins is braving minus 40 degree weather and 40 mile per hour winds on the Bering Sea.Wilkins left Kenmore last year, looking for an adventurous and lucrative job. He found just that on board the Arctic Star, a fishing ship that trolls the chilly waters near the Arctic Circle.
Wilkins’ father, Dan, said his son inquired about the career after seeing the TV show “Deadliest Catch,” which features the exploits of similar fishing boats doing the dangerous work.
“He applied for the job on-line through Seattle’s Icicle Seafoods,” Dan said.
After making his own way to Seattle, the company flew Wilkins to Anchorage and then to the port of Dutch Harbor on the Aleutian island chain.
“They had to come in like a corkscrew,” Dan said. “He said it was the most terrifying thing he’s ever done in a plane.”
A helicopter carried him out to a processing boat, where he was initially assigned. But before long Wilkins made his way onto a fishing boat, where he operates the boat’s crane and helps package the fish and crabs they catch…
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