Kenji Motoyama died last week in Honolulu. He was a friend to all of us who went to sea on the NOAA ships Townsend Cromwell and Oscar Elton Sette.
A Sette blog wrote about Kenji 3 years ago as follows (edited slightly): Kenji worked at sea for over 35 years. He spent 10 years fishing commercially for aku (skipjack) aboard the boats Bluefin and Neptune. He was on the NOAA Ship Townsend Cromwell for 15 years and was on the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette for the rest of his career where he was chief bosun. His favorite part of the job was catching fish and his hobby was making (and sharing) sashimi and poke. On hot days at sea, Kenji made shave ice for everyone. Kenji always had a sparkle in his eyes and an enthusiastic attitude that makes it obvious that he loves this job. [Borrowed from http://fish250.blogspot.com/p/meet-crew.html%5D