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F/V Northern Leader. Launch. January 26, 2013 (video)

EXTRA:  Wave of new vessels will boost Alaska, Washington shipyards
Jan 24, 2013 - 10:53 AM AKST
Alaska’s fishing fleets are aging, but new vessels are making their way onto the water.

According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, 1,646 fishing vessels participated in federal fisheries offshore from Alaska in 2010. The majority — more than 900 — were built in the 1970s and 1980s.

The first new vessels operating in Alaska waters will be longliners fishing in the Bering Sea with Alaskan Leader Fisheries’ Northern Leader and Alaska Longline Co.’s Arctic Prowler scheduled to start fishing this spring.

Alaskan Leader Fisheries is jointly owned by the Alaska Leader Group of Lynden, Wash., and Dillingham-based Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp. BBEDC is one of six Western Alaska Community Development Quota, or CDQ, groups that receive a 10 percent annual share of the Bering Sea harvests.

Petersburg-based Alaska Longline Co. also has CDQ connections as a partner with the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association....

Published on Jan 26, 2013
Lauching of the 184-foot Northern Leader which is the largest new fishing vessel to be constructed in the Pacific NW in more than twenty years. Built by Martinac Shipbuilding in Tacoma, WA, the $25 million Northern Leader will be owned by Alaska Leader Fisheries.