Merry Christmas!

December 22, 2008

The holiday season is all about family and every family has a story.

My family is third generation Croatian and has owned Pacific Seafood for nearly 67 years. I grew up in Southeast Portland and in those days we just had the fish market on Powell. Business was fast and furious right before Christmas as everyone wanted only the best seafood for their Christmas celebration.

However, by December 24th it was beginning to quiet down. We would have our Christmas Eve dinner before attending Midnight Mass. My father always laid out a spread of fresh Dungeness crab, Oregon baby shrimp and the sweetest oysters you would ever want. He topped this off with his specialty…his homemade cocktail sauce.

Do let me know what your favorite holiday family seafood stories are.

Our family wishes you and your family the very best this holiday season.

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Year of sustainable strides

December 15, 2008

It’s amazing to me that the end of 2008 is already here. Naturally, the end of the year brings reflection, and looking back on the happenings at Pacific Seafood, I’m proud to acknowledge the major strides the company has made in the area of sustainability – an area that will continue to be a high priority for us.

From replacing Styrofoam with recyclable packaging to converting waste by-product into fish-based organic fertilizer product to purchasing a steelhead farm that will be operated using sustainable, all natural practices, environmental stewardship is something Pacific Seafood is committed to.

This was also a big year in terms of major decision making on regulations to the whiting and groundfish industries. Pacific Seafood was proud to take part when Pacific Whiting industry participants agreed on a balanced plan for an individual quota system. It is a management system that we believe will enhance the value of the fishery to all, while at the same time decreasing pressure on our ocean fisheries.

I’m also delighted that others in the community have recognized our hard work. Pacific Seafood has been recognized by the Portland Business Journal as one of Oregon’s Most Admired Companies and acknowledged by the Oregon Restaurant Association for outstanding leadership, success and dedication to the food service industry. Our team members are no doubt our most important asset, and I’m honored to have such a great team on board.

Despite the tough economic environment we’re all faced with, as I look ahead to 2009, I know Pacific Seafood’s commitment to these issues will grow stronger and I look forward to the continued strides the seafood industry will make.