Will the REAL Seattle Mariners please stand up: The annual Pacific Marine Expo is the largest commercial marine trade show on the West Coast, serving commercial mariners from Alaska to California! My family has been attending this for DECADES. I remember my dad won the Fisherman of the Year award in 1999, too–they have you sew seine while you are blindfolded! My siblings and I were back in Mukilteo with a babysitter that day but I remember them coming home pretty happy! Below, is a photo of him from the late ’80s (most likely prepping for his $100 Fish Expo Prize victory 10 years later).
It was such an honor to be displaying my seafood art here at CenturyLink Field this year and giving back to my community I grew up in! Here is a photo of me in Homer a couple years ago with my favorite King of the sea and inspiration for my art–king salmon, of course. Read my National Fisherman’s article I did on my family’s fishing legacy so you can have a backdrop of what brought me to the expo and why I was so inspired to do this art piece:)
I was there on Saturday for a meet and greet with all salmon poster print sales benefiting Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial Fund. If you were unable to make it and want to buy a print that’s no problem–email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Most typical conversation I had there? This one:
“Oh I know Dean–he’s the best fisherman in Alaska!”
-After I tell these dudes I survived childhood fishing with my crazy father and then they learn his name
It was great repping the Anderson fishing clan this year (they couldnt make it) and soaking up all these compliments for my Dad.haha However, I did have other relatives there, like my Uncle Jim and Aunt Rhonda who own Kruzof Fisheries in Alaska and friends that go back with my family +20 years–commercial fishing is a small world.