Behind the Shadowy Curtain
Fishermen’s Terminal is located on Salmon Bay in the Interbay neighborhood in Seattle, Washington, east of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and immediately west of the Ballard Bridge.
Operated by the Port of Seattle, it is home to some of the vessels that are on the Discovery Channel show the Deadliest Catch. It was also the topic of a documentary film Fishermen’s Terminal. The documentary centers on the conflict between the moorage needs of the fishing fleet and pleasure boaters.
The facility provides freshwater mooring for fishing vessels, and (since 2001) pleasure craft. It can accommodate vessels up to 250 feet (76.2 m). Preference is given to commercial fishing vessels. It serves more than 600 vessels. A public access float provides free moorage for up to four hours for visitors.
The facility also includes 227,000 square feet (21,100 m2) of office, retail, restaurant, light industry and warehouse space. Among the retail establishment is the Wild Salmon Seafood Market, which started as a cooperative for fishermen to sell their local catch.
Fishermen’s Terminal is home to the Fishermen’s Memorial, a bronze and stone sculpture with plaques memorializing more than 500 local commercial fishermen and women who have been lost at sea since the beginning of the 20th century. The memorial is managed by its own non-profit organization.
- Wild Salmon Seafood Market
- Seattle Great Wheel
- Original Starbucks
- Controlled by the Russian Mob
- Lots of hiding spots