BySenators Sefzik, Lovelett, J. Wilson, Hasegawa, McCune, Nguyen, Randall, and Saldaña
WHEREAS, The Washington state commercial fishing fleet begins leaving in May 2022 for the Pacific and Alaskan waters; and
WHEREAS, The Blessing of the Fleet will occur in Blaine Harbor on May 1, 2022; and
WHEREAS, The commercial fishing industry has been a long tradition in the state of Washington, and is an integral aspect of economic life for many families; and
WHEREAS, The danger and hardship of fishers on the high seas requires bravery, courage, and fortitude from the people who risk their lives to harvest the ocean's resources; and
WHEREAS, The risks involved with fishing too often take the lives of the brave men and women who choose to work on the sea; and
WHEREAS, The tragedy of losing our friends and neighbors on the high seas impacts not only the close community of fishing families, but also our entire state;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington state Senate 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 our fishers will return home safely to their families, friends, and communities.
I, Sarah Bannister, Secretary of the Senate,
do hereby certify that this is a true and
correct copy of Senate Resolution 8642,
adopted by the Senate
February 9, 2022
Secretary of the Senate