About Us

Over forty years ago, we turned a shipping barge docked in Dutch Harbor (a city in Unalaska, Alaska) into one of the world’s most successful processing facilities for fresh Alaskan seafood.

As we’ve grown over the years, we’ve continued to stand out for our unparalleled commitment to quality and care. Not only do we deliver consistent, high-quality products and services, we believe in providing the best experience in the industry for both our customers and employees.

Whether we’re processing and shipping the finest seafood from Dutch Harbor, storing product in our Cold Storage facility in Redmond, Washington, or hosting international travelers in Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, Alaska, we’re dedicated to maintaining our legacy of consistency and quality in everything we do.  

Brought together by great seafood.

Our History

1974

UNIVERSAL SEAFOODS, LTD., IS FOUNDED

Universal Seafoods, Ltd., also called UniSea, was established to enter the booming Alaska Crab fisheries in Dutch Harbor and Bering Sea

1974

1975

BARGE UNISEA BEGINS PROCESSING

The Barge UniSea, a World War II Liberty ship that we converted into a shore-based seafood processing vessel, began processing Alaska Red King Crab in October 1975 after docking in Dutch Harbor in July.

1975

1976

UNISEA INN OPENS

Just two years after the company’s founding, we opened the UniSea Inn, a ten-room hotel located on Amaknak Island in Dutch Habor–Unalaska, Alaska.

1976

1977

COLD STORAGE OPENS IN REDMOND, WA

UniSea built its new Cold Storage and processing facility on an 11-acre lot in Redmond, Washington. The facility became our company headquarters. While the plant’s primary design was to process its own crab, it also included space for processing and freezing seafood and for re-boxing frozen products from Alaska.

1977

1977

UNISEA PURCHASES VITA FOODS

By obtaining the Vita Foods processing barge, we expanded UniSea’s processing facilities in Dutch Harbor–Unalaska.

1977

1979

UNISEA COMPLETES COLD STORAGE EXPANSION

Our expansion to the Cold Storage facility in Redmond, Washington added three shipping and receiving docks as well as a new processing area.

1979

1985

UNISEA PURCHASES PACIFIC PEARL

UniSea purchased Pacific Pearl, a processing facility in Dutch Harbor. The facility was converted to produce surimi, which is a fish protein manufactured from Pollock and used as the main ingredient in processed food products such as imitation crab.

1985

1985

UNIVERSAL SEAFOODS, LTD., BECOMES JUST UNISEA, INC.

Eleven years after Universal Seafoods, Ltd., was founded, we officially renamed the company to UniSea, Inc.

1985

1986

G1 PLANT BECOMES OPERATIONAL

Our plant, G1, began producing surimi once we completed the conversion of the Pacific Pearl processing plant. Surimi is a high-quality frozen fish protein manufactured from pollock.

1986

1989

G2 PLANT BECOMES OPERATIONAL

Three years after completing the G1 plant conversion, our new processing plant, G2, opened in Dutch Harbor–Unalaska with surimi as the sole item in production.

1989

1990

UNISEA CORPORATE OFFICE OPENS IN REDMOND, WA

This year marked significant changes to the UniSea Cold Storage facility. We added additional processing facilities and migrated UniSea Headquarters from the main Cold Storage facility to its own building.

1990

1991

UNISEA EXPANDS TO INCLUDE COD

Expanding on its success in the surimi industry, UniSea expanded in 1991 to include Pacific cod in its family of products.

1991

1994

UNISEA IS AWARDED VOLUNTARY PROTECTION PROGRAM STAR STATUS

The Voluntary Protection Program Star Status (VPP) was first awarded in 1994, then every five years after. This is the highest award for Alaska safety and health. UniSea is the only seafood company with the VPP safety program, and is proud to have been consistently awarded star status since 1994.

1994

1999

POLLOCK FILLET PROCESSING BEGINS

Ten years after beginning operations as a surimi processing plant, UniSea’s G2 plant in Dutch Harbor–Unalaska begins processing pollock fillet blocks.

1999

2005

UNISEA ACQUIRES ROYAL ALEUTIAN SEAFOODS, INC.

Thirty years after UniSea’s founding, our acquisition of Royal Aleutian Seafoods, Inc., enabled us to increase our crab production.

2005

2009

UNISEA COLD STORAGE BEGINS NEW CONSTRUCTION

UniSea plans to expand and upgrade our Cold Storage facility.

2009

2011

SEASHARE RECOGNIZES UNISEA FOR PHILANTHROPY

Each year, SeaShare donates millions of pounds of seafood to food banks with support from the seafood industry. In 2011, SeaShare recognized UniSea and our sister company, Glacier Fish, for donating 5 million meals.

2011

2015

G1 DOCK IS REBUILT IN DUTCH HARBOR

UniSea invested over $20 million dollars in rebuilding the G1 dock area.

2015

2017

COD PLANT IS RECONSTRUCTED

Two years after rebuilding the G1 processing plant dock in Dutch Harbor–Unalaska, UniSea finished modernizing and automating the G1 cod plant

2017

One world, one family

UniSea is proud to be a member of NISSUI’s “global links,” a network of select worldwide companies committed to delivering high-quality seafood products.

One world, one family

UniSea works with a group of independent fishing vessel owners who form the backbone of our production. Many of the vessels and owners have delivered to UniSea for over 40 years, catching and delivering high-quality seafood to our Dutch Harbor plant.

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