September 17, 2020

Meet an American Seafoods Mate Who Travels the World


American Seafoods Mate holding large fish

Dave Flanders, a mate onboard the American Dynasty, learned about fishing from his two older brothers. Both returned home from their jobs on American Seafoods vessels each off-season with inspiring stories that captured Dave's imagination.
He joined American Seafoods as a processor right after high school, and none of their stories could prepare him for the real life on a fishing vessel.
"I remember being completely shocked by the way everything looked, the way everything was so fast and so big," Dave said.
He worked his way up to a mate, a job he's held for about 7 years. Dave interacts with government regulation entities, keeps the captains logs up-to-date, and helps crew members if they feel ill or need advice.
Before working as a mate, he worked on the deck for 14 years in positions that he says take a tremendous amount of endurance and training.
"The way people come up from the very bottom and can actually be a captain or fish master on these boats, that's cool," Dave said. "Of course we have to do a lot of classes and schooling. I went to Houston Maritime Academy for a few years. It definitely takes a lot of work, but it can be done."
Dave was born in the Philippines and lived in Europe and India, now with a home base in Texas. He's visited more than 100 countries, aiming to see all of them.
"I've been traveling since I was born," he said. "That's what I do, and that's why this kind of job appealed to me: the freedom to do whatever I want to do after a season."

Related Articles

April 15, 2021

Rasmus Sorensen, American Seafoods’ Executive Vice President of Global Sales, Joins SeaShare Board of Directors

Read more

March 08, 2023

We are proud to announce our new partnership with AION to help accelerate our journey to become more circular in all areas of our business.

Read more

Read More