Ocean Protein is the only fishmeal processing plant in the state of Washington. Located in the town of Hoquiam, it averages 4,000 MT of meal, 670 MT of oil and 80 MT of bone annually since its opening in 2005. The company began as a sister company to Ocean Gold Seafoods in order to pursue both technological and sustainable industry innovations.
Committed to full-utilization of our precious resources, the Ocean Protein company transforms “trash to treasure” – taking fish waste that would otherwise be discarded at sea or shipped out of the country and turning it into products that are used in aquaculture; livestock feed; and, pet food.
It’s products are shipped to both domestic and international markets and bring an economic boost to the local economy of Grays Harbor County, hiring roughly 25 workers during the peak season.
The company has recognized that its efforts to achieve its goals of enhanced environmental sustainability, community development and local jobs has its challenges. Chief among them being the challenge of containing and limiting odor which is a natural byproduct of fishmeal processing. In its early days, it struggled to make the industry’s then-current odor control standards fit the unique needs of a community where industrial and residential lines are so closely drawn. But in cooperation with regulatory agencies such as the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) and the Department of Ecology (DOE), Ocean Protein has committed more than $5 million in advancing new odor control technologies.
That dedication lead the DOE to state in a 2007 report that Ocean Protein was utilizing “the best available” technology for odor control. And the company continues to add more enhancements to its processes to ensure that the benefits it brings to the community are not outweighed by any negative repercussions of its processes. In addition to the state-of-the-art Air Phaser technology, Ocean Protein continues to research innovative odor control solutions.