Fishermen

F/V Tara Dawn
Fort Bragg, CA
United States
The captain of the F/V Tara Dawn, Tommy Estes, is a third-generation fisherman out of Fort Bragg. His boat was built in 1975 in Fort Bragg’s Noyo Harbor by Captain Tommy’s father and uncle. As described below, Captain Tommy was just seven years old when he made his first extended fishing trip - a 28-day albacore run with his dad up to Queen Charlotte Island in Canada. Fishing is definitely part of the Estes family and their community in Fort Bragg, California. Captain Tommy continues to look toward the future with his and a handful of other fishermen's participation in piloting a co-management model with The Nature Conservancy that protects the oceans and keeps fisheries productive.

RECENT DELIVERIES

2014-09-25

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2014-09-24

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2014-09-22

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2014-09-19

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2014-09-19

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Our Approach

Captain Tommy’s father, Tom E., first fished at the age of 16 with his stepfather, Adolph Schnaubelt, in the mid-1950s. He spent his summer vacations fishing to pay for his college at Sacramento State. After college, Tom E. taught school for two years in Fort Bragg and then purchased the F/V San de Fuca to fish for salmon, albacore, black cod and crab. About that time Captain Tommy was born, and started fishing shortly thereafter. He was only seven years old when he made his first extended fishing trip – a 28-day albacore trip to Canada! After knocking people around on the college football fields, Captain Tommy decided his heart belonged to fishing. He returned to Fort Bragg, first to fish on the F/V Donna J and then on the beautiful wooden F/V Blue Pacific. By the time he was 30 years old, he and his dad were working together on the Tara Dawn, trawling for groundfish and crabbing and shrimping. Because his dad preferred crabbing, the two men alternated responsibilities. Captain Tommy skippered the trawl fishing trips while his dad ran the boat during crab season. After his dad stepped down six years ago, Captain Tommy took over running and maintaining the boat full time. This last summer his eighteen year-old son, Kyle, fished with him. As fishing tends to be a family business often handed down from one generation to another, Captain Tommy is curious to see if any of his three sons will follow in the family tradition.

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