Dean Adams - Author / Retired Fishing boat captain
–Dean Adams will tell his life story of fishing and coming of age on the high seas of Alaska. As his book "Four Thousand Hooks" opens, an Alaskan fishing schooner is sinking. It is the summer of 1972, and the sixteen-year-old narrator is at the helm. Backtracking from the gripping prologue, Dean Adams describes how he came to be a crew member on the Grant and weaves a tale of adventure that reads like a novel?with drama, conflict, and resonant portrayals of halibut fishing, his ragtag shipmates, maritime Alaska, and the ambiguities of family life.
This morning Dean will tell you the rest of the story! And you may want to buy his book.
About the Speaker
Dean Adams was born in Seattle and grew up on the shores of Lake Meridian near Kent, Washington. In 1972, he began his commercial fishing career at the age of 15, working on his uncle's schooner, the GRANT, and went on to become the owner and captain of the QUEST in 1979 at 22. In the 1990's, Dean returned to the University of Washington to finish a B.S. in Fisheries Science (1994) and completed his M.S. in 1998. He retired from Alaska commercial fishing in 2007.