Other seafood companies merely purchase the fish they produce. Unlike them, we also catch it.
Why do we know so much about the seafood we sell? Because we catch a lot of it ourselves aboard our fleet of Trident vessels. We know our Wild Alaska Pollock from the moment we see it on the sonar screen to the time it leaves the loading dock in a carton, bound for a seafood restaurant or retail market. It’s this intimate knowledge and understanding of the ocean and our products that sets us apart from our competition. What we learn at sea aboard Trident vessels helps us better understand the fish we purchase from thousands of independent Alaska fishermen and other sources around the globe. As a business, we took our first steps wearing rubber boots on a fishing deck. Trident is still a family of fishermen… and to this day nothing keeps us more focused on the things that matter.
Catcher - Processors
Trident’s catcher/processor fleet is comprised of three large vessels ranging in size from 270 to 312 ft.
What makes these vessels so special is their capacity to process what they harvest right on the fishing grounds. That’s also the reason they need to be so large – each vessel houses a processing plant below the fishing deck that employs more than 100 workers dedicated to producing “the freshest” frozen fish blocks and surimi available anywhere. As a testament to the professionalism of this fleet, three of the vessels have earned BRCGS certification meeting the benchmarks of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Their primary harvest is Wild Alaska Pollock, the most abundant wild whitefish species in the North Pacific. Our catcher/processors harvest Wild Alaska Pollock in the Bering Sea during the late winter and summer months.
Starbound // Length: 300 ft.
Island Enterprise // Length: 312 ft.
Seattle Enterprise // Length: 270 ft.
The Trident trawl catcher-vessel fleet is comprised of 15 vessels ranging in size from 84 to 165 ft.
Governed by federal licensing regulations, some of them operate in the Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands region, while others operate in the Gulf of Alaska. The primary target species for these vessels include Wild Alaska Pollock and Pacific cod which are harvested at various times throughout the year. When not engaged in direct harvesting operations, some of these vessels operate as tender vessels taking deliveries of Alaska salmon from a fleet of independent fishermen. Others may perform charter work for fisheries research purposes. The typical crew size is 4 or 5.
Arctic Ram // Length: 87 ft.
Arcturus // Length: 132 ft.
Dominator // Length: 124 ft.
Gladiator // Length: 124 ft.
Golden Dawn // Length: 149 ft.
Majesty // Length: 99 ft.
Marcy J // Length: 97 ft.
Muir Milach // Length: 103 ft.
Northern Patriot // Length: 165 ft.
Northern Ram // Length: 84 ft.
Ocean Harvester // Length: 92 ft.
Pacific Ram // Length: 84 ft.
Pacific Viking // Length: 127 ft.
Sovereignty // Length: 165 ft.
Viking Explorer // Length: 123 ft.
The Trident pot boat fleet is comprised of five vessels ranging in size from 110 to 165 ft.
These vessels spend the majority of their fishing time in the Bering Sea targeting King crab, Opilio (Snow crab), and Bairdi Tanner crab. These fisheries occur from late fall through the winter months and some may continue into the early spring. In addition to crab, some of these vessels harvest Pacific cod and Sablefish (Blackcod) in the Bering Sea using pot gear. During the summer months, the ships stay busy tendering salmon in Bristol Bay and Southeast Alaska. The Bountiful has the added capability of processing and freezing its catch.
Barbara J // Length: 110 ft.
Billikin // Length: 135 ft.
Bountiful // Length: 165 ft.
Farwest Leader // Length: 110 ft.
Southern Wind // Length: 144 ft.
Trident owns and operates a dedicated fleet of salmon tenders operating throughout Alaska.
Since our shore plants are often located some distance from the fishing grounds, these vessels serve as remote buying stations, taking fresh salmon deliveries from fleets of small, independent fishing vessels and holding them in refrigerated seawater as they transport them back to the processing plants. Operating with additional private tenders chartered by Trident, this delivery fleet provides an uninterrupted flow of fresh fish to our plants. It allows our fishermen to do more of what they do best: catch the fish. Tenders also supply groceries, fuel, and spare parts to keep the small-boat fleet up and running.
Brittany // Length: 110 ft.
Bulldog // Length: 141 ft.
Cape St. John // Length: 77 ft.
Entrance Point // Length: 107 ft.
Four Daughters // Length: 100 ft.
Last Frontier // Length: 118 ft.
Perseverance // Length: 95 ft.
Royal Viking // Length: 108 ft.
Tuxedni // Length: 119 ft.
Wide Bay // Length: 73 ft.
Company Owned and Operated
Operating in the most remote areas of Alaska, Trident relies heavily on commercial marine transportation, but we have also learned to be self-sufficient. To keep our fishermen fishing and our processing vessels and shore plants supplied with raw materials, we maintain a small fleet of company-owned support vessels that ply the waters as necessary from Puget Sound to more than a dozen ports and anchorages in Alaska.
Eastern Wind // Length: 195 ft.
Sea Trader // Length: 278 ft.
The primary focus for our specialized processing vessel – The Independence – is herring and salmon. Typically we follow the herring seasons northward from Southeast Alaska to Bristol Bay in the springtime and early summer, returning southward to support various Alaska salmon seasons from late June through August. The Independence can also process Pacific cod as necessary and accommodates up to 235 workers.