Raised like his other brothers and a year younger than Sig, Norman began fishing at age 15, working on salmon gillnetters and opilio crab boats in Alaska during summers off from school. After graduating from high school, Norman became a full-time fisherman.
When he was 22, Norman decided to try something different and went to college to study automotive engineering. After getting his degree, Norman worked as an automotive mechanic until he turned 35, when he decided to join his brothers on the Northwestern.
Since his return to crab fishing, Norman has loved working as deckhand while putting his mechanical training to good use by alternating with his brother Edgar as the boat’s chief engineer.
Norman is rightly considered to be the quiet Hansen brother, happy to work hard and just get the job done.