In providing services and benefits similar to those outlined above for nearly 30 years, and having the resources and support to do so, the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial is unique among United States fishermen’s memorials.  The Memorial’s annual expenditures toward the benefits and services provided have generally coincided with annual income from fund raising. In order to preserve the sustainability of the Memorial’s mission, the Memorial’s Board of Directors has striven to maintain a balance between annual income and expenditures.  Considering the Memorial’s historical mission as implemented and anticipating potentially evolving funding sources, the Board is soliciting feedback from the Memorial’s stakeholders regarding the nature of services and benefits provided, and vision for the Memorial going forward.  

The Memorial Board requests that you please participate in this survey, which should take no more than 3-5 minutes. Thank you for taking the time to give us some feedback on the programs and we look forward to continued successes for our organization and community.
Tell us a little about yourself

* 1. How involved are you in the fishing community? 

* 2. What state do you live in?

* 3. What company do you work for?

* 4. What is your age?

Safety Program:
Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial is committed to onboard safety and programs that help protect the lives of our fishermen. As part of its commitment to promote safer vessels, the Memorial Board makes funds available to Washington-based
commercial fishing vessel owners and their crew members, and fishermen who are Washington residents. Current safety
programs include:

·         Reimbursing 50% of the cost of crew safety training to commercial fishermen living in Washington State or working
          for a vessel operated from the greater Seattle area.

·         Conducting safety fairs and providing training opportunities annually for fishing communities in Washington
         (such as Westport).

* 5. Recognizing that fishermen are part of a small and unique labor pool transcending boundaries of North Pacific Coast states, should the Memorial broaden the scope of safety training reimbursement to encourage fishermen who live or work in Alaska and/or Oregon to also participate?

* 6. Are there other safety topics or programs you believe the Memorial should participate in or support?

Scholarship Program:
The Memorial Board established an educational scholarship fund in 1999 to provide scholarships to eligible family members and other dependents who suffered the tragedy of losing loved ones at sea. The Board's hope is that the scholarships will lessen the financial burden on these families and dependents who may not otherwise achieve their educational goals.

Currently, individuals eligible for scholarships are immediate family members or individuals who were financially dependent at the time of the fisherman’s death.  The fisherman’s name must be on the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial or the fisherman must be eligible for inclusion on the Memorial, meaning the fisherman or the vessel he or she worked on was from the greater Seattle area.  Historically, the scholarships have been limited to four years of undergraduate education.

* 7. Would you be in favor of expanding the scholarship eligibility to include family members and other dependents of deceased fisherman who reside in Washington but beyond the greater Seattle area or fisherman who worked on vessels from in Western Washington outside the greater Seattle area?

* 8. Would you be in favor of expanding the scholarship beyond the current maximum of four (4) years for undergraduate education to accommodate circumstances where the degree (e.g. engineering) may not be practically completed within four years.

* 9. Do you believe the Memorial should expand scholarship eligibility beyond undergraduate education (in whole or part) to applicants who request funding for graduate degrees? (For example:  Master or Doctorate programs).

The Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial raises funds primarily from its annual auction.  Additional funds are raised from donations throughout the year; from other fundraisers including the charitable Fos-Sea golf tournament and the Fishermen’s Fall Festival, by donations in the name of loved ones or as periodic support payments, and through our Memory and Support Tile program.  The current programs and support for scholarship require the vast majority of all funds annually donated.  Nevertheless, depending on the number of scholarship recipients in a given year and the number of fishermen seeking safety training rebates, there may be additional funds remaining.  These additional funds can be saved for times when the annual demands for assistance exceed annual contributions, or the funds may be used to expand existing or new scholarship and safety programs.

* 10. Assuming sufficient funds become available, should the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial create an endowment which would fund the educational scholarships as well as other programs? (For example, maintaining an account with the goal of generating
sufficient investment income to support the Memorial’s programs with less dependence on annual giving).

Additional Questions:

* 11. Should the Memorial foster broader connections with other fishing regions and communities in an effort to facilitate industry
wide safety improvements?

* 12. Should the Memorial seek involvement from non-fishing industries through additional events and our social media presence?

* 13. Please give us your thoughts on any other aspects of Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial that you’d like to raise. We welcome your thoughts below