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Bering Fisheries

Visit Unalaska/Dutch Harbor and learn what makes Bering Fisheries Alaska King Crab unique in the global marketplace.

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Who We Are

Learn about the Alaska-based wild seafood company, started by Alaska fishermen and now marketing around the world.

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Our Fishermen

Learn about the men and women who brave Alaska's rough waters to bring you the freshest wild-caught seafood possible.

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Our Smoked Salmon

Learn about the rich history of Copper River Seafoods' hand-packed smoked salmon and the people who made it all happen.

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Our Story

Copper River Seafoods was developed in 1996 by four dedicated Alaskan fishermen with two things in common; a passion for the Alaska wild salmon industry and a belief in its incredible potential. Today, their ambition and hard work has paid off. From small beginnings, Copper River Seafoods has become a model in the art of harvesting, purchasing, processing and delivering premium seafood.


The roots of Copper River Seafoods grew from three flourishing Alaskan fishermen who owned and operated companies: Copper River Catch, Copper River Fine Seafoods, and Copper River Wild. Copper River Catch was the brain child of salmon gillnet fisherman Pip Fillingham in response to deficiencies he had witnessed in surrounding fishing industries, such as low catch prices, poor fish management and processing practices, and unmet consumer expectations. Pip's ambition for Copper River Catch was to use processing and marketing approaches that would not only preserve the pristine quality of Copper River salmon, but create a product that surpassed consumer ideals as well.

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Like Pip, Bill Bailey and Scott Blake also believed that there were excelled ways to market the fine Copper River salmon and developed Copper River Fine Seafoods. The objective behind Copper River Fine Seafoods was to process and promote the superior Copper River salmon in a way that would respect its quality, generate a fair profit for fishermen, and introduce consumers to the savory world of seafood. Copper River Wild, a marketing company, focused on delivering value-added Copper River salmon to specialty markets was also incorporated.


In 1996, these three quality and consumer oriented companies merged together to create Copper River Seafoods. Through their success in the salmon industry, Copper River Seafoods has since extended their high quality services beyond just salmon. Building on their values of quality assurance, purity, value-added products, and meeting consumer needs, Copper River Seafoods networks with fishermen throughout Alaska to purchase a variety of other fine seafood such as halibut, cod, rockfish and crab. After purchasing, all products are processed and delivered with Copper River Seafoods' standard for unwavering excellence and service. Today, Copper River Seafoods is recognized as the premier producer of Alaskan seafood and as a standard for the highest quality seafood available. At Copper River Seafoods, we are committed to excellence and are proud that our products are harvested from well managed sources.

Impressively, each of our owners still actively participate in harvesting salmon every year aboard their own vessel. Although it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what draws them back to the river year after year, it is easy to identify what makes them stay - their passion for the industry and a longing for the world to relish the truly spectacular taste of Alaska.