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At Eastern Fisheries our mission is to provide the highest quality seafood to all markets worldwide by harvesting and importing seafood from the richest and most sustainable sources globally and applying a vertically integrated, hands-on, business approach to ensure the very best management for all aspects of the operation.

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Our History

Founders Roy Enoksen and Frank O’Hara began Eastern Fisheries as a joint venture in 1978, when they decided to bring the seafood they harvested to broader markets. Today, Eastern Fisheries owns the industry’s largest scallop fleet and has operations worldwide. Their vision has not changed and it is their key belief, in managing all aspects of the business, that has provided the path for the company’s growth. Holding true to their core values, while developing a team of talented professionals, has moved Eastern Fisheries into a position where they can provide a global market with a continuous supply of quality seafood.


The O’Hara Corporation was formed by Frank O’Hara, and has since grown in scope to operate scallop and herring boats on the East Coast and catcher-processors in Alaska.


Roy Enoksen founded Nordic Fisheries and purchased his first scalloper, F.V. Sea Trek.


Enoksen started Dockside Repairs, a land-side business designed to service his fleet as well as other local vessels.


The founding of Eastern Fisheries by Roy Enoksen and Frank O’Hara Sr., who were both looking for greater control over the marketing of their harvested scallops. Nordic Fisheries and O’Hara Corporation remain co-owners of Eastern Fisheries to this day.


Eastern’s first scallop processing facility purchased on the waterfront of New Bedford, Mass.


Frozen scallops added to offerings. Processing plant upgraded with plate freezing equipment.


Founding of New Bedford Ice & Cold Storage, which now has three operating divisions: an independent seafood division, public cold storage, and New Bedford Ice.


Second plant purchased on New Bedford’s waterfront, used primarily for scallop unloading.


Third New Bedford waterfront location acquired, gaining the company 47,000 square feet of unloading, processing, and cold storage space as well as 200 feet of dock space.


Five scallop boats added to fleet, which continues to be the industry’s largest.


Frozen scallop processing and sales/administrative offices moved to the third, most recently acquired New Bedford location, establishing the company’s current administrative headquarters.


The formation of Far Eastern Shores Seafood company in Dalian, China. This wholly owned subsidiary was established, in part, to implement and manage Eastern’s dedicated Alaska groundfish processing facility in Zhuanghe, China.


Eastern announces wild-caught Alaska flatfish program to customers.


Far Eastern is converted from a trading company to a production company with long-term holdings in Zhuanghe, China.


Eastern earns the British Retail Consortium (BRC) certification under the Global Standard for Food Safety.


Eastern Fisheries acquires a minority interest in Global Marketing, Inc., a leading exporter of Japanese scallops.


The formation of Eastern Fisheries Europe. A wholly owned subsidiary located in Staphorst, Netherlands.


Eastern Fisheries obtains Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certificate for their China operation.