EASTERN FISHERIES PARTICIPATES IN SECOND LARGEST SEAFOOD SHOW IN THE WORLD
November 2012 - Eastern Fisheries Inc. today announced their successful participation in the 17th Annual China Fisheries & Seafood Exposition held November 6-8 in Dalian, China. This year’s show featured approximately 900 exhibiting companies from 44 countries.
Eastern Fisheries showcased their North Atlantic sea scallops (U/10 and 10/20s) and their four species of wild-caught Alaskan flatfish (yellowfin, rock sole, flathead and Pacific plaice) to more than 17,500 visitors.
Eastern Fisheries was represented by sales representatives from their New Bedford, Massachusetts plant as well as employees from their Zhuanghe, China plant and their scallop farm on Wangjia Island.
Eastern Fisheries Obtains Chain Of Custody Certification For Atlantic Dogfish
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – November 2012 - Eastern Fisheries Inc., a family-owned, trusted seafood source since 1978, today announced that they have successfully obtained Chain of Custody Certification in the Marine Stewardship Council program for U.S. Spiny Atlantic Dogfish. The Chain of Custody Certification assures that the company’s certified dogfish comes from legal and sustainable sources.
“We are excited to have obtained the MSC certification. We know that this is an important identification for our all customers, who like us, strive to support sustainable seafood practices,” said Joe Furtado, executive vice president.
To obtain MSC Chain of Custody (CoC) certification, distributors must pass an independent, third party audit that is conducted by an accredited certification body, and must undergo annual surveillance audits to demonstrate it continues to meet the standard. The CoC standard focuses on having an internal traceability system and reliable operational systems in place to ensure that MSC-certified seafood is kept separate from noncertified seafood.
EASTERN FISHERIES CHRISTENS NEW SCALLOP VESSELS
Eastern Adds Two Brand New Boats To Its Fleet
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – September 2012 - - Eastern Fisheries Inc., today announced the addition of the F/V ROST and the F/V PYXIS to its fleet. Both boats were christened on Saturday, September 8 along the docks of Eastern Fisheries’ waterfront facilities. The Eastern Fisheries fleet has now grown to 25 boats, and continues to be the industries largest fleet.
The ROST, named after the birthplace of founder Roy Enoksen, has replaced an older boat with the same name. The PYXIS, a brand new addition to the Eastern fleet, is named after a small constellation in the southern sky, belonging to the Heavenly Waters family of constellations.
The boats were built at Duckworth Shipbuilders in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Both were constructed with a bulbous bow which lies just below the waterline and allows the flow of water over the bulb to cancel out the vessels wake, which helps to reduce drag and therefore helps to increase speed, stability and fuel efficiency.
EASTERN FISHERIES ADDS 24TH SCALLOP VESSEL
Eastern’s fleet, the largest in the industry, continues to grow.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – March 2012 - - Eastern Fisheries Inc. (www.easternfisheries.com), headquartered in New Bedford, Mass., today announced the addition of the Maelstrom to its line of fishing vessels bringing the total number of boats to 24, the industry’s largest fleet.
In addition to the 95’ long Maelstrom, Eastern Fisheries has invested in four brand new boats to replace older vessels in the fleet.
“It’s always nice to add new boats to the fleet. These four new vessels, coming up from Duckworth Shipbuilders in Florida, will use a more fuel-efficient engine. The more efficiently we can run each area of our business, from harvest to distribution, the more value we pass along to our customers,” said Eastern Vice President, Ronald Enoksen. The first two new boats, the ROST and the PYXIS are scheduled to be in New Bedford by the summer.
About Eastern Fisheries Inc.: Based in New Bedford, Mass., Eastern Fisheries Inc. is the world’s largest harvester, processor, and marketer of scallops and a trusted seafood source. Founded in 1978 by Roy Enoksen and Frank O’Hara Sr., it operates 24 scallop vessels, the industry’s largest fleet, as well as three U.S. plants, two China factories that grade, freeze, package, and ship seafood products and a scallop farm off the coast of Zhuanghe, China. Current offerings include sea and bay scallops, monkfish, dogfish, skate, sole, flounder, and plaice.
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EASTERN FISHERIES INC. LAUNCHES LINE OF SEAFOOD CONDIMENTS
Seafood Sauces Created by Master Chef George Karousos
Eastern Fisheries Inc., located in New Bedford, MA has introduced a new line of Master’s Signature seafood sauces. Created using fresh, quality ingredients by Eastern Fisheries’ own master chef George Karousos, the new line offers six different sauces suitable for a wide range of seafood dishes and applications; Amazing Avocado, Creamy Feta, Fire-Roasted Red Pepper, Spicy Cocktail, Tasty Tartar, and Zesty Mustard. All six sauces will be sold wholesale in 1-gallon containers. For more information and exciting recipe ideas visit www.easternfisheries.com/sauce or contact Eastern Fisheries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“As a chef I know that offering a consistent product is extremely important – Master’s Signature sauces were created to meet the needs of chefs and food service operators by elevating the taste and eye appeal of seafood dishes while providing consistency, convenience and value,” stated master chef George Karousos.
About Eastern Fisheries Inc.: Based in New Bedford, Mass., Eastern Fisheries Inc. is the world’s largest harvester, processor, and marketer of scallops and a trusted seafood source. Founded in 1978, it operates the industry’s largest scallop fleet, as well as three U.S. plants and two China factories that grade, freeze, and ship seafood products worldwide. Offerings include sea and bay scallops, monkfish, dogfish, skate, sole, flounder, and plaice.
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EASTERN FISHERIES DIVES INTO SCALLOP FARMING OPERATIONS
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – April 2011 - Eastern Fisheries Inc., the world’s largest scallop company, has finalized agreements to operate a scallop farm off the coast of Zhuanghe, China. Eastern will begin cultivating bay scallops in June with plans to expand their operations for the production of larger sea scallops. Eastern’s wholly owned subsidiary in China, Dalian Far Eastern Shores, will oversee the day-to-day management.
“We have been doing business in China for awhile now and feel this is the right time for us to enter into aquaculture. This venture is in line with Eastern’s commitment to quality, sustainability and accountability which, through our vertical integration, our customers have come to expect,” stated Executive Vice President Joe Furtado.
The farmed scallops will complement Eastern’s wild caught products and over time will allow Eastern to decrease their third party purchases of farmed Asian scallops.
EASTERN FISHERIES INC. CONTINUES FULL OPERATIONS AFTER FIRE
Partial fire damage will not affect company’s seafood product distribution.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - June 4, 2010 - Eastern Fisheries Inc. today announced the continuation of full operations after the successful containment of a fire in one of its plants. The incident started after business hours on June 2 and was extinguished by area firefighters that same night.
Cleanup and repair processes are underway, and Eastern managers, in full cooperation with the FDA, have removed all affected product.
Although the plant sustained physical damage, the company’s overall harvesting and processing have not been impacted. Lost production space is being accommodated temporarily by a second processing plant in close proximity to the damaged site.
Said Eastern Fisheries owner Roy Enoksen: “One of the benefits to our vertical integration is our ability to adjust to changing situations quickly. Thankfully, the fire’s impact was minimal and no one was hurt. We appreciate the support we’ve received from the community and our associates in the seafood industry. We’re also grateful for the efforts of New Bedford’s Fire Department and the city’s administration.”
EASTERN OPENS FIFTH FACTORY,
EXPANDS WORLDWIDE OPERATIONS
Eastern’s second factory in China signifies the company’s continued dedication to vertically integrated seafood supply and Alaska flatfish processing.
ZHUANGHE, CHINA - March 30, 2010 - - Eastern Fisheries Inc. today announced the opening of a second factory in Zhuanghe, China. The facility is set to increase Eastern’s sole and flounder production in response to growing customer demand and rising flatfish consumption.
Dalian Far Eastern Shores Seafood, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eastern Fisheries, will manage the new factory as well as Eastern’s existing Zhuanghe, China plant. Both will offer custom filleting, block and IQF freezing, and vacuum pack capabilities.
Eastern’s quality-first approach begins in China with Dalian Far Eastern, which oversees flatfish filleting and freezing, and continues in the U.S., where Eastern Fisheries distributes finished products domestically and internationally.
Both China factories process four wild-caught Alaska flatfish species: yellowfin sole, rock sole, flathead sole, and Alaska plaice. Natural fillets are available skinless, boneless, or skin-on and can be individually or block frozen in many size options. Recent additions to the flatfish program include breaded fillets, battered strips, and 3-8 oz. plaice loins.
Eastern Attends 2009 China Seafood Expo
QINGDAO, CHINA – November 10, 2009 - - Eastern Fisheries today announced its successful participation in the 2009 China Fisheries & Seafood Expo. Held November 3-5, the show drew over 15,000 attendees and over 700 exhibitors. Eastern was one of 19 U.S.-based companies and organizations participating in the event.
Eastern’s booth was staffed by a combination of employees from the company’s U.S. headquarters, located in New Bedford, Mass., and its wholly owned subsidiary, Far Eastern Shores Seafood, headquartered in Dalian, China. Also in attendance were employees from the company’s Zhuanghe, China, flatfish and scallop processing plant, including the operation and plant managers.
Located in Hall 3, Eastern’s booth celebrated the addition of wild-caught Alaska flatfish to its product offerings. Samples of the company’s four flatfish species – yellowfin, flathead, and rock sole and Alaska plaice – showcased not only the fish’s quality, but also the plant’s custom filleting and vacuum pack capabilities.
As the world’s largest scallop company, Eastern also represented sea and bay scallops, including U-10 and 10-20 sea scallops from the North Atlantic, in its fresh and frozen displays.
Newly constructed F.V. Arcturus Christened
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – June 27, 2009 - - Eastern Fisheries Inc. today announced the addition of F.V. Arcturus to its fleet. The newly constructed scallop vessel traveled from a shipyard in Florida to New Bedford Harbor’s South Terminal, where it awaited its official christening ceremony along the company’s docks at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 27.
After a priest’s blessing, the champagne bottle was broken before a crowd of cheering Eastern employees. Hillary Eaton, granddaughter of Eastern co-owner/co-founder Frank O’Hara Sr., performed the official christening. Also present for the ceremony were members of Eastern’s founding families, the O’Haras and Enoksens, including co-owner/co-founder Roy Enoksen.
Arcturus, named for a star in the constellation Boötes, is Eastern’s 23rd scallop vessel. The company continues to operate the industry’s largest scallop fleet, marketing and distributing the harvest worldwide.
Eastern Unveils SeaFine Frozen Sole Fillets
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – March 1, 2009 - - Eastern Fisheries Inc., the world’s largest scallop provider, adds to its scallop products with SeaFine frozen sole fillets.
Wild caught in the cold, pristine waters of Alaska, Eastern’s premium sole is naturally low in fat and calories. Consistent and fresh, the flaky fillets are skinless, boneless, and mild in flavor.
SeaFine sole is delicious when lightly breaded or prepared with simple sauces. Frozen fillets are packaged in bulk or in 1, 2, or 3 lb. gusseted bags.
Also new to the SeaFine brand: whole flounder fillets with panko-style breading. This product is dual purpose, bake or fry, and suitable for broad use in all market segments and meal applications.