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Long-Term Strategic Plan

The Port of Seattle is committed to the economic engine of Fishermen’s Terminal. A recent economic impact study found that, each year, commercial fishing activity at Fishermen’s Terminal generates $450 million in business revenue and nearly $40 million in state and local taxes. As part of the port-wide Century Agenda, the port has adopted a goal for doubling the size of the commercial fishing business cluster that is centered on Fishermen’s Terminal.
To achieve this goal, the port launched the Fishermen’s Terminal Long-Term Strategic Plan for the uplands portion of Fishermen’s Terminal. Considerable investments have been made to modernize the moorage structures of Fishermen’s Terminal – approximately $30 million in the last 10 years. These water-side improvements set the stage for a planning process covering the 26-acre uplands area of the property. Consideration has been given to aging structures, the changing needs of the fishing fleet, and leveraging Fishermen’s Terminal’s role as a living landmark.
February 2017 Update

Port staff are beginning the design process for two light industrial buildings called for in the Long-Term Strategic Plan. They are the Gateway Building and the West Wall 1 building. The Gateway Building is intended to house a key maritime supply business. It will take the place of the former bank building as well as Net Shed 7 and Net Shed 8. Port staff are working to reassign net shed units. All fishers with storage in these buildings are guaranteed a new storage unit.

The West Wall 1 building is a light industrial building with no pre-leasing arrangement at this time. Possible occupants include a maritime incubator space, flexible workforce training space, and other maritime businesses that support the fishing fleet.

May 2016 Update

The planning ideas the steering committee helped develop during the Design Workshops in January and February were presented to the Port of Seattle Commission on May 17. 

Comprehensive Briefing of Plan to Port Commission
Stakeholder Outreach
The planning will continue to be guided by extensive stakeholder outreach. The outreach will include established groups such as the Fishermen’s Terminal Advisory Committee, but everyone’s input is welcome!
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If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please feel free to contact the project manager Joseph Gellings at (206) 787-3368 or


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3919 18th Ave. West
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