Fishermen’s Finest CEO Helena Park Made Disciplined Bold Investment in $80 Million Factory Trawler

AmericansFinest [Puget Sound Business Journal], April 1, 2015
By Melissa Crowe


In 2014, Helena Park put a deposit on an $80 million factory trawler.

The move for the owner and CEO of Kirkland-based Fishermen’s Finest was a bold one.

The fishing company makes its money catching, processing and exporting fish to Japan and China.

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Alaska Groundfish Fleets Face Big Blow from Halibut Bycatch Proposals

America's Finest, March 9, 2015
By Jeanine Stewart

America's Finest

America’s Finest, the new ship Fishermen’s Finest is building, will replace one of its two vessels – the American No. 1 or the US Intrepid. Credit: Skipsteknisk

Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) groundfish fleets are staring down at what could be a shocking blow to revenues next year.

The North Pacific Fishery Management (NPFMC) is considering halibut bycatch allocation reductions for BSAI groundfish fleets ranging from 10% to 50%, with a final vote slated for its June meeting.

As the potential impacts of this blow begin to sink in, one company — three-decade old Fishermen’s Finest — has already assessed the damages, and they’re not pretty. The company expects the cuts to have a devastating one-to-one impact on revenue for Amendment 80 flatfish fishing operations in the Bering Sea.
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