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Joel Peterson Appointed President of Bristol Wave Seafoods

Jan 14, 2022 | Fisheries, Right Moves

Joel Peterson

Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) and Bristol Bay Alaska Seafoods (BBAS) appointed Joel Peterson to serve as President of Bristol Wave Seafoods, a subsidiary of BBAS.

Peterson started his new role on January 11, 2022, working alongside David Little, who serves as Chief Executive Officer.

Bristol Wave manages the sales and operations of BBAS’s nine-vessel fleet, which was formed in 2019 when Clipper Seafoods and Blue North Fisheries merged their operations and BBNC acquired a majority interest in the combined company.

Little, founder of Clipper Seafoods, has served as President of the operating companies since the 2019 merger and has been an integral part of the succession planning process. “Joel is the ideal candidate to take over management of Bristol Wave,” says Little. “He is actually a legacy hire; Joel’s father was one of the original captains of Clipper Seafoods and a long-time Clipper director and shareholder,” Little adds. “I have great confidence in Joel and am extremely happy to see him take on such an important role.”

Peterson graduated with an MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business and has served on the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council Advisory Panel for nine years. He fished on Clipper Seafoods vessels for over ten years and has been working in sales since 2015, with responsibility for quality and production planning as well as several key customer relationships.

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“I am excited for this opportunity,” says Peterson. “I have been working toward this goal for many years and I am determined to see that Bristol Wave continues to have the most well-maintained fleet in our sector, a reputation for the highest quality of sustainably harvested groundfish, and the best trained and safest crews.”

“I appreciate the work that Clipper Seafoods and Blue North leadership have done to merge these two excellent companies into BBAS and its operating company, Bristol Wave Seafoods, over the last several years,” says Jason Metrokin, BBNC president and CEO. “BBNC looks forward to working with Joel in his new role while he navigates this operation into the future.”

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