PETERSBURG-AK It’s been more than a half century since Alaskan fishermen began to fish king crab commercially. In southeast Alaska, one of those crabbing pioneers was Lloyd Pederson of Petersburg, who passed away at the age of 87 on March 30th
Pederson began longlining at the age of 14 with his father Hilmer aboard the arcade….eventually he went on to buy his own boat, the Middleton, in 1953. He fished her for another 40 years after that. He decided to prospect for king crab in southeast in the late 1950’s, making his own pots and other specialized gear. The commercial fishery that he helped develop gave a boost to Petersburg’s wintertime economy, providing more work for boats, crew and canneries. Pederson later took the unusual step of having his daughter jean crew aboard his boat at a time when women were not commonly hired as deckhands. Pederson was prominent for his activism in the industry but also for his sense of humor. Many locals remember his 1963 rambler station wagon, wildly decorated with everything from bouy bags to planters. In simple terms, Jean Curry describes her father as a good man……Matt Lichtenstein recently asked Curry about her dad.
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