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OceanBeauty signing up fishermen for 2016

BBEDC CEO says OceanBeauty looking for a few good fishermen.

OceanBeauty is signing up Bristol Bay fishermen for the 2016 season.

Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation owns fifty percent of OceanBeauty, and CEO Norm Van Vactor said the call for fishermen is a spot of good news in the industry.

“At this point, our preference is Bristol Bay residents," he said. "At some point, I’m sure OceanBeauty will open it up to everyone if they don’t have enough qualified Bristol Bay residents that apply. The hope is ---- where OceanBeauty does a really good job is on the eastside of Bristol Bay, in particular the Naknek-Kvichak, and Egegik and Ugashik. Those are the river systems that they tender well, and I think do a really good job in, so the hope is, it’s individuals who want to fish basically on the eastside.”

Van Vactor said the company wants to add 10-15 boats for next summer.