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The icemen cometh back

Submitted by on 1, December 29, 2008 – 7:45 amNo Comment

I’ve been meaning to tell you that the crew of the Coast Guard cutter Sherman were able to make it back to Alameda for the holidays, following a two-month stint in the Bering Sea, off the Alaska Coast.

The crew was monitoring 90 vessels that fished some 20 million pounds of Alaska’s prized red king crab, a la “Deadliest Catch.” Despite the harsh weather, it sounds like things were mercifully quiet for the Sherman’s crew, most of whom had never been to Alaska before or on fisheries patrol, according to this piece in The Dutch Harbor Fisherman.

The Sherman’s teams handled law enforcement duties including preventing violations of U.S. fishery laws, reviewing records and permits and inspecting safety and firefighting equipment, boarding 14 commercial fishing vessels during their stay. The crew was also on standby for search and rescue cases.

“After experiencing high winds and winter storms in the Bering Sea during the patrol, our newer sailors have a greater respect for the forces of nature,” said Capt. Matthew Bliven, commanding officer of the Sherman.

Last year, the crew spent the holidays on patrol in the Eastern Pacific, where they served in an award-winning turn off the coast of Panama, where they seized about half a billion dollars’ worth of cocaine.

The Coast Guard folks were kind enough to forward us some photos of the cutter’s homecoming (that’s Chief Petty Officer Gary Reed being met by his wife, Sara and daughter, Samantha).

Alaska crab price are up a little bit this year, by the way, and you can read all about that here.

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