One of the few women involved in the commercial fishing industry, Linda Greenlaw is perhaps the only female ever to captain a swordfishing boat, working the waters east of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.
Although Linda has been fishing commercially for more than 18 years, she has only recently gained notoriety for her part in The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger, in which Junger describes her as "one of the best captains, period, on the entire East Coast."
Starting out as a cook and deckhand aboard a swordboat during her summer brearks from college, Linda had worked her way into the captain's chair by 1986.
Linda has skippered boats from Newfoundland to Brazil and has enjoyed a number of fisheries including harpooning and longlining for sword, dragging for squid, tub-trawling for halibut, and trapping lobster and crab.
Presently, Linda works her own boat inshore, lobstering the water surrounding her home on Isle Au Haut, a small island off the coast of Maine.
Linda Greenlaw was raised and educated in Maine. The graduated from Colby College in 1983 where she majored in English.
The Hungry Ocean is her first book.