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Sig Hansen’s Online Chat Transcript 07 May 8

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Tartanterror: How much fuel do you use in a average king crab season?

Sig: The Northwestern can burn from 600—900 gallons a day. Depending on the length of the season, 10,000 to 30,000 gallons can be used easily.

Iwannafish27: Sig how do you feel about newcomers/greenhorns in the modern day gold rush?

Sig: I'm a little leery with the show. I think a lot of men especially want to prove themselves. We encourage greenhorns; at the same time, I hope they want to do it for the right reasons. Anyone can fish if you have the will and the heart to do it. Fishing isn't only physical. There's also a mental hump to overcome. But there's nothing like fresh meat!

Kccomment: Why is the boat called the Northwestern?

Sig: Back in the 70s when the boat was built, there were so many built that there was a list of names for vessels. To be honest, the name was picked from a list. They were built so fast that the name wasn't as important as getting the boat fishing.

Murphfan03: Hey Sig, do you ever regret picking this as a career?

Sig: Never.

Dunestorm: I know it takes a strong woman to marry a fisherman, but do they also have a network of extended family, other wives and friends that help and support one another while the men are away?

Sig: In our case, we're fortunate because our wives are from the same fishing town that our parents are from, so their background is fishing. Our wives also have fishing families in their blood, so there's a greater understanding of how and why you're out there. There's a mutual respect.

Trblcmn: We now have Russian king crab sold in the US. Do you have any concerns for the industry or foresee any problems like your price for crab for instance?

Sig: Most of our crab is shipped to Japan, therefore Russian crab supplements the US market. As long as the price is high or favorable on both ends, then the more the merrier.

Tzer: Do you fish for recreation? Would you enjoy a leisurely afternoon of trolling for blue marlin in the calm warm pelagic?

Sig: I tried marlin fishing once in Hawaii. There were 6 of us on the boat. Some damn dentist caught a fish and I didn't, so that took the fun out of it for me. But we do enjoy fishing salmon here in the Puget Sound. I love doing it.

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