A professional fisherman’s life demands a lot of coming and going. Fish Radio asked some of Kodiak’s wives’ what their likes and dislikes are being married to a fisherman.

  • I guess my likes would be, you know, it’s always nice when they leave and it’s always nice when they come home. It’s the best of both worlds.
  • I also enjoy that he’s out providing for our family and he’s having fun and loves what he does.
  • One of the best things is always having the fresh seafood. That never gets old.
  • He’s an outdoors man…a hard worker, and I always wanted a hard worker and I got one.
  • I’ve been a fisherman’s wife for probably 35 years. I’ve been through a lot of experiences and different things with fishermen and the life of a fisherman’s wife. I mean, if I would have had a husband who was home from eight to five I would have never been able to become as independent as I am. I would always teach myself something different every time he went out to sea. You know just being able to develop my own person. That was my favorite part of being married to a fisherman, being able to have that time.
  • You know what’s going on in the industry and so you know what’s going on around town with different fisheries. Guys always come back with some pretty good stories after fishing trips. So there is usually an endless supply of interesting stories you get to hear.

What’s the downside to being a fisherman’s wife?

  • Kinda both the same- I like my alone time when he is gone and I also get lonely when he is gone. So it’s kind of a double edged sword when he is gone. Time away is always hard.
  • It’s hard being a single parent all the time. When you never know when they are coming home and when they come home they still have boat work, it’s not like they come home and don’t have work to do or they are done working. They still have a lot to do, so it’s kind of like sharing them all the time with the boat.
  • It’s always hard to adjust to them being gone and then getting back. Because as soon as you adjust to them being gone then they get back and you have to adjust to them being back, and then you adjust and then they leave again. And then you have to adjust again. So it’s a constant adjustment.
  • We had four children and even though I knew my husband was there for me in mind and spirit and also in the support although he was on the ocean, I knew he was there and he would be there if I needed him. But the most difficult thing was having to make those critical decisions and also just the physical part of raising a family all by yourself. Just the basic everyday things. I would have to say that was the hardest part, raising a family.