Our History in Seafood

Ocean Beauty began in 1910 as a storefront on the Seattle waterfront called the Washington Fish and Oyster Company. In the 1930’s the company first ventured out to Alaska and got involved in the seafood industry there, and by 1954 the company had expanded its Alaska locations and became the first seafood company to portion and vacuum pack seafood steak and fillets in Alaska. Over the years Ocean Beauty expanded even more and by the late 1980’s the company had opened up processing locations throughout Alaska as well as distribution locations in the western area. Throughout the years and in the late 1990’s, Ocean Beauty was bought and sold to various owners including Sealaska Corporation. Ocean Beauty continued to grow and prosper in the seafood industry, leading the way in quality and gaining respect in the seafood community. Ocean Beauty Seafoods is currently owned by the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation and a group of individual owners with experience in the seafood industry.

Ocean Beauty’s processing locations in Alaska now include Naknek, Alitak, Kodiak, Cordova, Excursion Inlet and Petersburg. The company’s many fresh seafood distribution operating locations include Boise, Idaho; Dallas, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Portland and Astoria, Oregon; Helena, Montana; and Seattle and Monroe, Washington, as well as an office in Tokyo, Japan.

In addition to the fresh wholesale distribution of seafood, Ocean Beauty specializes in frozen commodity sales, value added products, smoked salmon, as well as canned salmon and specialty caviar. Ocean Beauty’s brands have expanded from the Ocean Beauty Brand, to also Echo Falls, LASCCO, Icy Point, and Pillar Rock just to name a few. Since the beginning, and throughout the many years of expanding and operating, Ocean Beauty has and will always take pride in its mission to provide the safest and wholesome quality sustainable seafood products for our customers.

The Seattle waterfront location where the then named Washington Fish & Oyster operated.

Setting the Standard for Quality Since 1910

Robin Samuelsen and Robert Heyano break from fishing to complete the BBEDC’s purchase of 50% of Ocean Beauty.


Ocean Beauty Seafoods LLC is a privately held limited-liability company, 50% owned by the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation (BBEDC), and 50% by a group of individual owners with decades of experience in the fish business. *The BBEDC is a Community Development Quota (CDQ) corporation, a not-for-profit company whose mission is to “Promote economic growth and opportunities for residents of BBEDC’s member communities through sustainable use of the Bering Sea resources”.