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