HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 2016-4657, by Representatives Buys, Tarleton, Fey, Lytton, Van Werven, and Frame
WHEREAS, It is the policy of the Washington state House of Representatives to honor the successes and sacrifices of commercial fishers; and
WHEREAS, The Washington state commercial fishing fleet begins leaving in March and May, and the Blessing of the Fleet will occur at Fisherman's Terminal in Ballard; and
WHEREAS, This is the 88th year the Ballard First Lutheran Church has held the blessing and the 20th year Pastor Erik Wilson Weiberg has offered the blessing; and
WHEREAS, This is the 41st year the Blessing of the Fleet will occur at the Port of Bellingham, and will be presented at Zuanich Point Park in Squalicum Harbor on May 7, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.; and
WHEREAS, This is the 33rd year the Blessing of the Fleet will occur in Blaine Harbor, and will be presented at Blaine Boating Center on May 8, 2016, at 1:30 p.m.; and
WHEREAS, The Washington state commercial fishing fleet is one of the world's largest distant water fleets; and
WHEREAS, The commercial fishing industry directly and indirectly employs thousands of people and is one of the largest industries in Washington state; and
WHEREAS, The annual commercial fishing harvest is vital to the growth and stability of the Washington state economy; and
WHEREAS, The life of a fisher is fraught with danger and hardship most people will never face, strength and courage are requirements for anyone who chooses to work on the sea, braving the elements in order to harvest the ocean's resources; and
WHEREAS, The men and women who work on fishing boats, often in dangerous circumstances, deserve our admiration, thanks, and, when tragedy strikes, our remembrance; and
WHEREAS, Too often, the brave men and women of our fishing fleet lose their lives, a tragedy that not only impacts the close-knit community of fishing families in our region, but also our entire state;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State House of Representatives extend its condolences to the families and friends of all our fishers who have lost their lives at sea, wish the entire commercial fishing fleet a safe and prosperous season, and express its hope that all of our fishers will return home safely to their families, friends, and communities.
I hereby certify this to be a true and correct copy of
Resolution 4657 adopted by the House of Representatives
February 18, 2016
Barbara Baker, Chief Clerk