All hail, Araho! O’Hara Corp.’s new flagship factory trawler is on call for cod

National Fisherman, May 2017
By Bruce Buls

Click Here to read National Fisherman’s May 2017 front page story by Bruce Buls, Araho Arrives, the new Bering Sea factory trawler transits the Panama Canal between a Gulf Coast launch and a Seattle debut for a Maine company.

The F/T Araho – ‘The Next Level’ for Bering Sea Fishery

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Pacific Fishing – Welcome Aboard, April 2017
By Daniel Mintz

Vessel of the century: The O’Hara Corp.’s 100-plus-year history has reached many milestones, including the latest – the construction of a technologically sophisticated 194-foot-long factory trawler that will work the Bering Sea’s flatfish fishery.

The Rockland, Maine-based company’s progression from its start in the early 1900s – when wooden schooners were the norm – is at a peak with the F/T Araho.

The new vessel blends European design with a range of efficiency-oriented systems and is “the first U.S. flag freezer-processor factory trawler constructed in over 25 years,” according to a press release from the company and Eastern Shipbuilding Group, the Araho’s Panama City, Florida-based builder.

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Newbuild Factory Trawler Araho En Route to Alaska

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NationalFisherman.com, February 8, 2017
By Jessica Hathaway

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The latest in a series of new Bering Sea boats headed to Alaska was built on Florida’s Gulf Coast and is owned by a Maine company, making it a truly tri-coastal, all-American vessel. The DNV-classed Araho is the first newbuild U.S.-flagged freezer processor factory trawler in more than 25 years.  

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Trawlers Harvest Yellowfin Sole in Bristol Bay

Seafoodnews.com [Bristol Bay Times], July 26, 2016
By Molly Dischner

Salmon and halibut may get most of the fishing attention in Bristol Bay, but that’s not the only species caught commercially here.

In a lesser-discussed endeavor, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation and other fishing companies harvest yellowfin sole each year in the Bering Sea — including in part of Bristol Bay.

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Tighter Retention Rules Prompted United States Seafoods Vessel Refit

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Undercurrent News, June 10, 2016
By Ola Wietecha
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As part a general industry move toward maximizing catch usage in response to regulations encouraging higher fish retention on vessels, Seattle-based United States Seafoods recently christened its newest vessel which will replace two smaller ships.

The company began working on a refit for the 233-foot catcher-processor Seafreeze America in March 2015 with the goal of replacing two of its smaller, 100-foot vessels.

The vessel, which will catch and process groundfish, will head north to Alaska later in the month to fish in the Bering Sea…. Continue Reading

Navy Ship Embarks on New Career in Fishing Fleet

Seattle Times, June 2, 2016
By Hal Bernton

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Seafreeze America’s $30 million conversion is the latest investment in the local fleet of catcher processors that work off Alaska.

Seattle’s fishing industry on Thursday feted the latest addition to the fleet, a 233-foot former Navy oceanographic vessel overhauled at a cost of more than $30 million for a new line of work — catching and processing fish off Alaska.

The Lake Union ceremony drew several hundred people to watch the traditional breaking of a Champagne bottle across the bow of the former John McDonnell, newly christened as the Seafreeze America.

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The F/V Ocean Peace is Modernize and Upgraded

FishermensNews.com, June 1, 2016
By Peter Marsh

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The F/V Ocean Peace, a 219-foot factory trawler owned by Ocean Peace Inc., was lifted out at Lake Union Dry Dock in Seattle in December for the installation of a Deflector high-lift rudder, replacement of the controllable-pitch propeller blades, and a re-positioned transducer chest. Numerous upgrades were also completed in the engine room, on the processing deck, and in the galley…. Continue Reading

N. Pacific Council Raises Pollock TACs by 2.34%, Flatfish Slightly Down, Cod Steady

Seafoodnews.com, December 11, 2015
By Peggy Parker

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council set 2016 pollock TACs at 1.341 million metric tons Thursday, up 30,643 metric tons from last year. Pollock TAC in the Aleutian Islands and Bogoslof area increased from 19,100 metric tons to 19,500 for 2016. This was less than the pollock increase of 64,000 tons recommended by the Advisory Panel, which voted to recommend a 1.374 million ton quota.

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Halibut Deck Sortin on Track to Deliver Substantial Mortality Improvements This Season

Release of halibut with accelerometer tag, Port Frederick, AK courtesy of Paige Drobny

Seafoodnews.com, December 3, 2015
By John Sackton

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Halibut deck sorting has helped flatfish catcher-processors reduce halibut bycatch this season. The fleet also used halibut excluders and changed locations to avoid halibut hotspots. The net result is that the flatfish trawl fleet is making progress on its commitment to achieve halibut bycatch reductions…. Continue Reading

Araho Launch a Milestone for Fisheries

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National Fisherman, November 2015
By Larry Chowning

The 194-foot Araho was launched July 31 at the Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Fla., for the O’Hara Corp., of Rockland, Maine. Delivery, however, won’t be until the spring of 2016, when she will go through the Panama Canal and to the Bering Sea.

The Det Norske Veritas-classed freezer trawler is the first U.S. built factory processor in over 25 years and will be the most technologically advanced catcher-processor in the Bering Sea, says Steve Berthold, vice president of marketing for Eastern Shipbuilding.

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