Behind the Cannery — Seaworthy I

Submitted by Heritage Interpreter Pam D.

We recently took a walk down to the Steveston Harbour Public Fish Sales Float, just down the river from the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. If you’re looking to find a wide array of active fishing vessels and to buy some freshly caught seafood, the Public Sales Float is the place to go. This vessel, spotted at the Sales Float, is the Seaworthy I. She was built in Garden Bay, B.C. by Vic Gooldrup Boatworks Ltd in 1965.

The Seaworthy I is classified as a general fishing vessel. However, she is currently being used to catch sea urchins. Sea urchins are harvested by divers who use rakes to pick them off of the ocean floor. Because sea urchins are caught by hand, and not with a large net, there is very little bycatch associated with this fishing method.

Come check out the Public Fish Sales Float next time you’re in Steveston to spot all kinds of different fishing vessels!

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