For Immediate Release February 7, 2014

Bellevue, Washington— Tri Marine announced that Russell Dunham has joined the vertically integrated tuna group as Director of Fresh and “Ultra Low Temperature” (ULT) Frozen Tuna Operations for the Central and Western Pacific Region.

Russell is the former Secretary for the Fiji Tuna Boat Owners Association and Chief Executive Officer of Fiji Fish in Suva where he worked for the past 15 years. He is well known in the industry for his knowledge and experience in fishing, processing and marketing of high value tuna and for his efforts with the Fijian government and regional agencies to improve fishery management and to maximize the value of tuna resources. Russell played a very important role in achieving MSC certification of the Fijian longline albacore fishery. His broad range of practical skills is backed by professional qualifications including a degree in Science and a Masters in Business Administration.

He will be responsible for Tri Marine’s sourcing and processing operations in Solomon Islands and American Samoa and for procurement of high quality tuna throughout the Pacific.

“We are very pleased to have Russell on the Tri Marine team” stated Joe Hamby, COO of Tri Marine..  “There isn’t anyone more professionally prepared for this challenge than Russell. His tremendous experience, industry knowledge, reputation, stakeholder relationships and drive will accelerate the already rapid growth we are experiencing in this non-canning segment of our tuna business. Tri Marine is making important investments in the Pacific. Those investments require competent managers who share the same ideals and values as Tri Marine.  Russell is passionate about quality and for doing the right thing.  He’s a perfect fit.”  

“What’s exciting for me is not just the boats and the facilities but the scale of Tri Marine’s business" said Russell Dunham. “The size of Tri Marine and their credibility complement my own experience and knowledge.  I’m looking forward to not only growing the business but spending time with policy makers to find ways to improve management of the fisheries, to embrace economic sustainability and to encourage local unloading and local processing.  This is one of the best ways to create jobs and to add benefits to the in the island’s economies, not to mention the absolute best way for fishery officers to closely monitor the fishing boats and their catches.”

Background on Tri-Marine

Tri Marine’s global activities include fishing, procurement, processing, and trading of tuna, pelagic species like sardines, squid and mackerel, and other seafood products. A privately held company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, Tri Marine has offices in 14 countries with several processing plants strategically located around the globe.  The company’s fleet of 25 fishing vessels includes purse seiners and pole and line boats, all operating in the Pacific Ocean.  Since its founding in 1971 in Singapore, Tri Marine has grown to be one of the largest and best integrated tuna supply companies in the world.