A world of services under one roof
Over forty years ago, we turned a shipping barge docked in Dutch Harbor 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
UNISEA PURCHASES VITA FOODS
By obtaining the Vita Foods processing barge, we expanded UniSea’s processing facilities in Dutch Harbor–Unalaska.
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.
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.
UNIVERSAL SEAFOODS, LTD., BECOMES JUST UNISEA, INC.
Eleven years after Universal Seafoods, Ltd., was founded, we officially renamed the company to UniSea, Inc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grand Aleutian Hotel opens
In May 1993, UniSea opened our 110-room hotel in Dutch Harbor–Unalaska for tourists, vendors, industry professionals, and regulatory visitors. The previous facility, the UniSea Inn (now called the Harbor View Inn), continues to serve economy travelers with 25 rooms at its nearby location.
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.
UNISEA IS AWARDED VOLUNTARY PROTECTION PROGRAM (VPP) STAR STATUS
The VPP Merit Status was awarded in 2000 and followed by Star Status in 2002, then every five years after. This is the highest award for Alaska safety and health. UniSea is the first seafood company received the VPP safety program and is proud to have been consistently awarded since 2000.
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.
construction of new cold storage office space
Unisea completes construction of new cold storage office space and upgrades to shipping and receiving dock.
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.
G1 DOCK IS REBUILT IN DUTCH HARBOR
UniSea invested over $20 million dollars in rebuilding the G1 dock area.
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
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.
Our Global Fleet Partners
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.
UniSea, Inc. is committed to the concepts of sustainable fisheries and environmentally responsible food manufacturing.
UniSea, Inc. supports sustainable fisheries by encouraging active participation in the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council process, diligently using all resources: air, water, energy and seafood to the fullest extent possible with a minimum of waste. These principles honor the corporate commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability by placing an emphasis on resource and water conservation, using integrated management principals, providing safe and fair working conditions for employees.
UniSea, Inc. operates its manufacturing facilities in a manner which reduces the environmental impact of the facilities and their operations. This includes increasing the use of recycled process water, minimizing the generation of solid waste to landfills while maximizing the use of solid waste for recycling, investing in new technology to reduce energy usage, utilizing new packaging technologies to reduce source materials and improve shipping logistics, and measuring the results of environmental performance on a bi-annual basis. Throughout its operations UniSea, Inc. is committed to continuous improvement and to lead the way in compliance with environmental Federal and State regulatory requirements.