And so it is with great pleasure that I give you the career of Jim Bacon. A career that consisted of contributions in skippering the Wavedancer( Prior to 2001, JB had the Eleanor), and seining in SEAlaska for 26 years, 19 as a skipper. Jim served on the SEAS board from around 1989 to 2002 and as a member of the Pacific Salmon Commission, ending the final 7 years as Alternate Commissioner for Alaska for the US Department of Commerce at the request of the great State of Alaska. Jim recently resigned at the end of 2012 after a 21 year career Alaskan diplomat, having served the state at both the great junctures
Perhaps it was after working with this magic that inspired us to work on the great issues of the day.
JB had this business like a steel trap. He was back and forth from DC at least 7-8 times a year for about a decade and a half.
I would like to think that there are other great thinkers out there and they too are recongnizing that it's quite a different fishery from the days of his beginnings. JB will tell ya that the Brindle family, specifically Joe if I remember his story right because this is about JB, some close friends and some good luck got JB in the game and then he balanced the skill and expertise to run a seiner for nearly 2 decades.