Fishermen’s Terminal is an historic and iconic part of Seattle’s maritime industry. Operated by the Port of Seattle, since 1913, Fishermen’s Terminal been the base of the North Pacific fishing fleet, with over 700 commercial fishing vessels calling it home. It’s located off Salmon Bay, just south and west of the Ballard Bridge, close to the Hiram S. Chittendon Locks, and just one of many stops on every Let’s Tour Seattle’s Sights bus tour.
One of the terminal’s prime attractions is fresh fish. Whether it’s fresh caught salmon, halibut, or crab, you’re sure to find the best of the season at the Wild Salmon Seafood Market. You don’t even have to carry your purchase home with you in your suitcase – they’ll ship free! The market also carries a wide selection of shellfish and smoked fish, and their website features many mouth-watering recipes for their products.
If you don’t want to wait until you get home to sample your fish, you can eat where the fishermen do, at Chinooks at Salmon Bay, Little Chinooks, or the Bay Café. All offer great food and incredible views of the Terminal, Ballard Bridge, and Salmon Bay. You might even reel in one of the Most Dangerous Catch fishermen at the Highliner Pub.
The Terminal is also home to the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial, “dedicated on October 8, 1988 as a tribute to the men, women, and their families, and the members of the fishing community who have suffered the loss of life at sea.” A magnificent bronze and stone aggregate statue have become a place of reverence, recognition, and healing for the families of the more than 675 commercial fishermen and women who have lost their lives pursuing their livelihood since the turn of the century.
In many instances, those who are lost at sea simply vanish, leaving their loved ones without a word or trace. The construction of this monument has provided their memory a residence, a site for family and friends to visit, to place flowers, to reflect and to heal.