Chad and Craig Lowenberg
The unpredictability of the sea is an intoxicating appeal. You never know what you’re going to get.
As brothers and lifelong fishermen on the Bering Sea, Chad and Craig Lowenberg of the F/V Arctic Lady know first-hand about the unimaginable danger of fishing on one of the roughest seas in the world. Total trust, inherent drive and a whole lot of guts is required.
For more than 40 seasons, the Arctic Lady and her crew have fished for crab, cod, halibut, and salmon. Craig and Chad’s father first left port 40 years ago, and the family has never looked back since.
The dynamic of these two brothers is symbiotic - Chad serves as Captain, running the boat and all things on the water while Craig, a passionate fisheries advocate, runs the office, all operations and business of the boat from land. Each season, they fuel their passion and provide for their family and their crew. Missed family celebrations, birthdays and long days on the water are only a few of the sacrifices made.
It all begins with an immense respect for the sea and the fisheries they work. They both understand the inherent danger and gravity of fishing in Alaska - anything can go wrong at any time. Responsibility for the crew is something they take seriously.
Their father’s legacy lives on in their work today. As Craig expresses, “You can’t just take- you’ve got to give back and be willing to reinvest into the research and science. Sustainability isn’t just making sure we have a season next year. It’s making sure we have a season for our grandkids.”
To Learn More about the F/V Arctic Lady, visit @fvarcticlady on Instagram
Photography: Corey Arnold / Lowenberg family photos