As our Dungeness crab fleets up and down the coast head out to sea, our Ilwaco crabbers are especially on our minds. They worked so hard to get to the point where they could make this season opener happen, after a devastating facility fire destroyed equipment last week.

Their reward is more hard work, in the year’s worst weather. Today we’ll take a look at what it could be like out there on the ocean for fishermen this week in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a story of difficult, dirty dangerous conditions, and the opportunity to do it all again between catches.

All the more reason to send a prayer or a good thought to fishermen, the next time you sit down to a seafood dinner.