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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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

Alaska Working on State Flatfish Tax Fix to Capture Foregone Revenue

Seafoodnews.com [Alaska Journal of Commerce], December 10, 2015
By DJ Summers

A state tax rate glitch let groundfish trawlers off the hook for more than $10 million of fishery taxes in the last half decade, and there’s no concrete fix just yet.
The fishery resource landing tax taxes groundfish based on ex-vessel price. Processors turn flatfish caught as bycatch into low-value fishmeal, so the only known ex-vessel price for certain flatfish species is artificially low. Nine species have this price uncertainty, but most flatfish volume comes from yellowfin sole and Atka mackerel…. Continue Reading

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

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

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

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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New Freezer Trawler for O’Hara

O'Hara Corporation's Araho

Fishermen’s News, October 1, 2015

O'Hara Corporation's Araho

O’Hara Corporation’s new freezer trawler, launched on Aug. 31 by Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Florida, will join the Amendment 80 fleet in the Bering Sea in 2016. Company officials say it will be used for the harvesting and processing of flatfish for markets in Asia and the United States. Photos courtesy of O’Hara Corp. Read more about the Araho here from Fishermen’s News.

Seafood Entrepreneur: The Korean Woman Company Founder Who Pushed for Americanization of Alaskan Groundfish Fishery

Fishermen’s Finest CEO Helena Park, aboard the American No. 1, in the late 1980s, checks in on the cook of her crew.

undercurrentnews.com, August 20, 2015
By Jeanine Stewart

Fishermen’s Finest CEO Helena Park, aboard the American No. 1, in the late 1980s, checks in on the cook of her crew.

Fishermen’s Finest CEO Helena Park, aboard the American No. 1, in the late 1980s, checks in on the cook of her crew.

Late one night on the remote island of Unalaska, the site of Alaska’s tiny groundfish processing town Dutch Harbor, Korean-born Fishermen’s Finest founder and CEO Helena Park went from fisherman’s wheelhouse to fisherman’s wheelhouse, knocking on doors to gauge interest in a new business plan.

“My ultimate goal was to have a catcher processor,” Park told Undercurrent News, referring to her desire to go in on a vessel purchase with a fishermen two years into her career in the Alaska groundfish industry. “But I didn’t have the boat, so in the interim, I got to know these fishermen.”… Continue Reading

The O’Hara Fishing Dynasty: Their Secret? Knowing When to Fish or Cut Bait

O'Hara Corporation's Defender

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Free Press Online], August 14, 2015
By Christine Parish

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On July 31, O’Hara Corporation launched the first American fishing vessel that will be able to chase fish through polar ice off the coast of Alaska.

Now in its fifth generation, the O’Hara family business has shown the ability to adapt as fishing technology, two world wars, and changes in international fisheries laws upended the industry…. Continue Reading

Amendment 80 Fleet Takes Further Measures to Reduce Halibut Bycatch

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Opinion], January 28, 2015
By Chris Woodley

Chris Woodley is the executive director of Groundfish Forum, which represents most of the Amendment 80 fleet

With recent evidence showing a possible decrease in the Bering Sea halibut fishery allocation this year, there has been a growing concern about halibut bycatch and discard mortality and what to do about it. Both groundfish and halibut fishermen will be affected by the outcomes…. Continue Reading