January 3, 1989 The 40 foot fiberglass salmon troller Alament grounded, caught fire and sank at Big Gavanski Island near Sitka. The master of the vessel, Paul Pearson (49) was the only one aboard and was lost in the disaster.
January 14, 1989 Owner operator Francisco (Frank) Beeman (50) of Kodiak was lost when his vessel Morning Star capsized and sank in Uyak Bay. Crewman Joe Talien survived the tragedy.
January 29, 1989 The 98 foot steel crab fishing vessel Vestfjord sent out a mayday heavily iced approx. 30 miles south of the Trinity Islands southwest of Kodiak Island. She was never heard from again. Lost were skipper Dick LaGary (40) of Port Angeles, Kevin Melnick (28), Ricky Kristovich (37), Doug Harding (35) of Seattle, Bill Hodgins (33) of Anchorage and passenger Danny McDonald.
March 3, 1989 The 108 foot steel long line halibut fishing vessel Ocean Hope II was last heard from on the night of March 2 on her way to shelter in Portage Bay. Lost were skipper Jack White (33) of Kodiak, Dennis Frye (26) of Kodiak, Dan Tuller (26) of Kodiak, and Michael “Mickey” Wheeler (27) of Anacortes.
April 24, 1989 Crewman Christopher Musseau (31) was reported lost off of the vessel Frances Lee near Saint Mathew Island. A second crewmember jumped in after Musseau but was unable to hang on to him in the icy waters.
April 29, 1989 The 42 foot fiberglass salmon fishing vessel Legend overturned in southwest Cook Inlet. The entire crew of four was lost including Richard Wiard, Doug Cundiff, Dave Garner and Mike Barney, all from Homer.
April 30, 1989 David Dowie of Kodiak and Martin Ferguson died of inhalation of toxic gasses aboard the Margaret G while fishing near Hawaii.
June 5, 1989 Laura Murphy was lost when the 32 foot salmon fishing vessel Fleet Commander capsized and sank in Cook Inlet carrying a load of lumber from Kenai to Chinitna Bay.
June 13, 1989 The 35 foot fiberglass longline halibut fishing vessel Sea Raider rolled in heavy seas with four persons on board off of Ugak Usland. A U S Coast Guard C-130 spotted the three crewmembers and a six year old child clinging to the overturned hull. The child and two crewmembers were saved. Crewman David Lee Tanner (18) of Kodiak was lost.
June 20, 1989 One person was lost when the40 foot fiberglass salmon fishing vessel Sound Investor capsized in the Port of Valdez.
June 20, 1989 The 36 foot fiberglass salmon fishing vessel Jennifer Marie was found at Cape Fox, Dixon Entrance with no one aboard. The operator of the vessel was never found.
August 15, 1989 Three were lost when the 67 foot steel trawler Sequel sank in Prince William Sound. A transfer of ballast water caused the vessel to capsize and sink.
September 8, 1989 An unnamed 16 foot longline halibut fishing skiff capsized and sank near Saint Lazaria Island west of Sitka and two men were lost.
September 19, 1989 One person was lost when an unnamed fishing vessel capsized in Bristol Bay.
September 23, 1989 Three men were lost when the tug Steadfast capsized in a gale while towing a barge near the southwest end of Kayak Island in the Gulf of Alaska. The tug was under contract with Exxon and involved in the cleanup of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
October 19, 1989 One crewmember was lost from the 111 foot steel trawler Flying Cloud in the Bering Sea. The vessel was transferring a cod end to another vessel when a cable parted sending the crewmember overboard.
December 6, 1989 The 42 foot fiberglass crab fishing vessel Angara overturned and sank near Shuyak Island in the Shelikof Strait with the loss of two of her crew; Ignaty Andreeff (48) and Vasily Andreeff (15).