April 26, 1978 Clarence F. Anderson (62) of Westport, Washington was lost when the 54 foot F/V Anchor caught fire near Cape Fairweather and Lituya Bay. The fire broke out when a diesel fuel line leak was ignited by a cook stove. A second crewmember, Buck Douglas Jr., also from Westport, was able to extinguish the fire.
May 7, 1978 An unnamed skiff sank and five people were lost off of Prince of Wales Island. The skiff was travelling between Craig and Hydaburg. Jay Burgess, Glenn Cook, Delbert Kelly, Bill Hamilton and Vern Edenshaw were last seen at 11:30 Saturday night departing on the 30 mile trip. The skiff was found submerged in 6 feet of water.
June 27, 1978 Ralph C Steiner of the fishing vessel Rover was fatally shot while attempting to shoot a halibut south of Cook Inlet.
August 12, 1978 The troller Saint Paul struck a rock and sank near Elfin Cove and George Island northwest of Juneau. The two persons on board were lost.
August 24, 1978 The 75 foot fishing shrimp trawler Jeffrey Allen capsized and sank southeast of Puale Bay on the Alaska Peninsula. Three of the four crewmen, Rusty Slayton, Jeff Slayton and Mike Carroll were rescued by the vessel Cape Fairwell. The fourth crewman, Don Corzine (28) from Brookings, Oregon was lost with the Jeffery Allen. The vessel was salvaged in October of 1979.
September 25, 1978 Jake Rivas was lost from an unnamed skiff between Kodiak and Woody Island.
October 2, 1978 Two crewmen were lost when the 42 foot Marion A took a wave broadside, rolled over and sank with a load of gear. The lost crewmen were Jerry Allain and Delno Oldham of Kodiak. The third crewman, Gerald Bourgeoius, survived on the beach 11 days until rescued by the crew of the vessel Moonsong. The incident took place in Geese Island Channel near Cape Trinity at the south end of Kodiak Island.
November 4, 1978 The 78 foot crab vessel Epic rolled over and sank off the south end of Kodiak Island. Only one crewmember survived. Among those lost were captain Reid Hiner, Matt Gravinski, Gene Roberts and Bob Waage. The weight of a stack of clamshell style crab pots shifting on deck in rough weather contributed to the vessel capsizing.
November 28, 1978 Wilton Wiley of Kodiak drowned after falling off a dock in Dutch Harbor while working aboard the Makushin.
December 7, 1978 The 34 foot crab fishing vessel Shapercey capsized and sank two miles off of the Homer spit with the loss of crewmen Woody Smith and Shaun E Kirby.