Replay IG LIVE: The Untold History of POCFs w Trish Whetstone

IG LIVE Untold history of partners of commercial fishermen

Replay: Fish Guts, Feels, & Fortitude – The Untold History of POCFs

Y’all, we’ve been around for a LOOOOOOOOONG time. Just think, the moment commercial fishing became “a thing,” so did partners of commercial fishermen. That’s right. We are the foundation of commercial fishing, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. 👯‍♀️✊

In this IG Live, we’re digging into the emotional history of fisheries and fish wives, the unrecorded experiences that aren’t taught in history books. Trish Whetstone, a Blue Foods Educator & Fisheries Historian, shares how POCFs would have felt at their particular time in history and what expectations were laid upon them by society, communities, and their fishermen.  

Part storytelling, fact, myth (sea shanties, anyone?!), we discover the connection between POCFs then and now, how we’ve evolved, and what lessons we can take from the past to build our future. 

*Bonus: Here are links to Sea Shanties that Trish Recommends! I must warn: Three Fishers is a doozy. I advise you not to listen while your fisherman is away. It’s a gut churner. For a giggle, click “Twiddle” by Misbehavin’ Maidens. 

Wave over Wave by Great Big Sea.

Three Fishers by The Once.

Charlie’s by The Once.

Twiddle by Misbehavin’ Maidens

IG LIVE Replay: Fish Guts, Feels, & Fortitude – The Untold History of POCFs


What’s your takeaway? What comments or questions do you have about partners of commercial fishermen of the past? Please share in the comments below! 

If you liked this, you’d love this post with 19th Century Art of Partners of Commercial Fishermen.

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DIARY: Traditional vs. Modern POCFs and the Tides That Bind

Since the fall of last year, I’ve asked myself this question: As partners of commercial fishermen, how do we honor traditional roles without stifling growth as modern women? 

I thought this would be a bra-burner piece, but after the storms in California, I was served a different piece.

Standing on the shore, watching the waves crash over the harbor entrance, I felt like every fisherman’s wives memorial I’ve seen. Facing towards the ocean, the wind in my face, bracing for an unimaginable pain that’s already taken my breath away. The sea was a battlefield, and I stood on the front lines. 

Thankfully, there is a solution. Traditions that must be broken. And this is how we do it.

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Watch This IG Live: How-To Manage Anxiety & Overwhelm w Maternal Mental Health Specialist Kate Kripke

Y’all! This IG Live may be one of the biggest ‘”gets” for the POCF community to date!

At times it can feel that anxiety and overwhelm are woven into the fabric of a partner of a commercial fisherman. However, this interview teaches that it doesn’t have to be.

Here is a BIG Mental Health Check-in with Maternal Mental Health Specialist Kate Kripke, who is also the founder of the Postpartum Wellness Center in Boulder, CO. I met Kate through a mastermind group we are both a part of, but I was first attracted to her message when she spoke at a virtual event last October. Since then, I’ve followed Kate on YouTube, podcasts, and through her Instagram. I love her relatable, non-judgmental, and caring energy; it is truly a gift to have her speak to our community!

Further down, I posted questions we tackled to give you an idea of how deep we go. The last two are from POCF mamas in our private community, and I am so thankful for their courage to share their current life challenges. 

I hope you enjoy this special time and the valuable information that will carry us through the seasons. 

Here’s to our mental health – you are not alone!

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