A new year brings new changes on the FV Cornelia Marie. I wrote about our King Crab season here, where you can read about our past crew which included skipper Derrick Ray. Now, the Cornelia Marie has a new captain – Tony Lara. But, Tony is not new to the Cornelia Marie. He fished on the CM from 1991 to 2000 as deckhand and engineer, mostly under Captain Phil. He’s a good friend of the family and a respected crab fisherman. Tony was a good friend to Phil, as they spent years fishing together.
We also have some new faces on the back deck. Our engineer Steve Ward and deck boss Freddie will be going to other fishing vessels. Steve will be working on the FV Fierce Allegiance, skippered by Tony LaRussa and Freddie will be joining the crew of the FV Wizard. Remaining on board will be Jake, Josh and Ryan. The two new crew members joining the CM family are Dale Pruitt and Troy Huls, who’s known as “Chief”. I went to school with the Pruitt family, with his brother Chad being a classmate of mine. These two guys have about 50 years of experience between them and we’re glad to have them on the Cornelia Marie.
I will post more info about these and other changes soon.