WeFish is a non-profit organization established in January of 2013 to support commercial fishing through education, promotion, outreach, and service. We are non-fishery specific and our members include those from salmon, crab, tuna, oyster, shrimp, prawn and the charter industries.
We are intent on building awareness of the economic, historic, and social value of the commercial fishing industry in our community. We hope to build a positive sense of community, and a better representation of the many businesses and families who rely on commercial fishing. We have accomplished many positive things since our inception including ongoing maintenance of the Fishermens Memorial in Westport, participating in the yearly Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival, awarding our first scholarship, and we have many ideas for projects on the horizon. We are always looking for volunteers and new members!
For more information browse our website or contact us HERE.
Join us on Memorial Day Weekend and enjoy “Weekend with the Fleet”, celebrating Westport’s Commercial Fishing and Maritime Industry.
Saturday morning, plan to visit our commercial fishing festival. Complete with arts & crafts for children, informational displays, commercial fishing related competitions, Seascout displays, vendors, beer garden, food, and more! Festival is at the Westport Maritime Museum grounds from 10am-4pm.
Saturday evening enjoy Fisherpoets at the Westport Maritime Museum “Lens” Hall. Enjoy beer/ wine and poetry reading. Readings start at 7pm. The “Light the Dock Celebration” lighting luminaries along Westhaven Drive in honor of loved ones. Festivities start at 7:30pm. Luminaries available to purchase and decorate.
Sunday join us for the Blessing of the Fleet ceremony beginning at 1pm at the Fishermen’s Memorial on Neddie Rose Dr. accompanied by the Coast Guard, the VFW, and many local fishing families. The Coast Guard dropping of the wreath and Parade of Boats out of the marina including Grays Harbor Seascout’s vessels the R.A. MacDonald and the A-1. Immediately following the Blessing Ceremony is a Clam Chowder Feed at McCausland Hall 11:30-3pm hosted by WEfish. All proceeds go toward our local Lost Fishermen’s Fund.Questions? Contact us- firstname.lastname@example.org
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Meet Tatum Andersen and her dad, Ron Andersen.
Youngest daughter of a multi-generation fishing family now getting her feet wet in the industry- though not from the bow of a boat, but from her desk at work and with her involvement in WEfish- an organization that supports commercial fishing. Tatum has grown up watching the life of commercial fishing- the hard work of her father, her many uncles an cousins who are active in the industry, and has seen the strength of her mom, in balancing her own career and raising a family. She has witnessed the commitment, success, and pride that come from a hard working family business. Tatum’s parents Ron and Tracy Andersen own and operate the f/v Assurance, a boat that fishes up and down the west coast and supports not only their family, but the families of 3-4 crewmen.
Tatum could tell you first hand of the importance of commercial fishing not only to families like hers, but of the impact the industry has on the communities that line our coast. Commercial fishing businesses support dozens of other service businesses that collectively make a huge impact on the communities in which they reside. Hardware and marine suppliers, fuel providers, electricians, mechanics, fabricators, accountants, banks, shippers, boat builders, restaurants, scientists, and administrators are all apart of this unique community. Tatum works for one of the great local banks that supports commercial fishermen and their interests- Bank of the Pacific. With the support of financial institutions like these, fishermen invest hundreds of thousands of dollars into their businesses through boats, permits, and gear. Such investments then result in billions of dollars added to our state economy.WEfish, Ocean Companies, and several commercial fishing industry leaders from Washington’s coast had the honor to host Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Jim Unsworth and staff to Westport Thursday afternoon. It was a privilege to show the director the value commercial fishing brings to our community, our families, and our businesses. The director had the opportunity to tour Englund Marine, D & M Live Crab, and the various Ocean Companies facilities. Thank you Director Unsworth for taking to time to visit our community and hear from our local leaders. We apprciate your continued support for our industry both now and in the future!
Meet Bryce Hongell, our 2015 Wefish scholarship winner. Bryce is a 2015 Ocosta High School Graduate. He plans to study at Grays Harbor College, transfer to Cal Maritime, and pursue a Master’s Degree in Marine Transportation. He is also getting his 3rd mate credentials as a merchant marine officer. Congratulations Bryce on a job well done!
When WEfish formed, one of the primary interests of everyone involved was providing scholarships to individuals tied to the fishing community. Education is everything- we are so pleased to award Bryce WEfish’s first scholarship as he is the perfect candidate! #WEfish