This project was successfully funded by a loan from Steward Regenerative Capital.
To meet growing market demand, Tre-Fin is building a new 3500-square-foot processing and distribution facility that will triple its processing capacity.
Mike Domeyer and a team of experienced and passionate team members operate Tre-Fin Day Boat Seafood out of Ilwaco, Washington. Tre-Fin operates its own processing and distribution, delivering value-added seafood products directly to consumers through a Community Supported Fishery model and through wholesale, restaurant, and retail sales. It’s a huge undertaking and one that has involved constant adaptation and reimagining, all with the end goal of delivering quality food while caring for the health of fisheries and the livelihoods of those who steward them.
The Tre-Fin team does this work because of their commitment to the aquatic ecosystem and their desire to create a more sustainable and equitable regional seafood economy. The new model they are creating represents fair wages and good jobs, healthy fisheries, and a sustainable industry to pass on to the next generation—as Mike describes, the antithesis of trawling.
In 2021, Mike connected with Steward to purchase the building for their new production facility that could increase the throughput two or three-fold, and also serve as direct retail space for their products and those of other local fishers. A participated loan campaign secured $260,000 to purchase the building and begin the process of building out a new processing facility. But of course, that was only the first step. The next hurdle was to secure permits and line up plans for construction. Tre-Fin is now ready to build out their new processing facility which will triple its processing capacity and enable Tre-Fin to have a greater impact on their local, blue economy.
Tre-Fin is committed to transparency and truly sustainable seafood sourcing. They embrace this core mission through the following practices:
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