Dana F. Besecker
Family through and through
A Washington State native, Dana Besecker grew up in Issaquah, east of Seattle – surrounded by mountains, forests, and water. One of five children, Dana learned about the value of hard work and resilience at an early age.
At age seven, Dana rode the bus with other kids to pick local strawberries, raspberries and beans in the summer. “I remember it being hot all day, every day,” he says. He also did yard work around the neighbourhood, earning enough to help pay for school clothes. In high school, Dana pumped gas for $1.25 an hour, boosting his nest egg for college. “I was paying my own way,” he adds. “I had big plans.”
In 1989 Dana launched a one-person enterprise, the Dana F. Besecker Company in 1989. Initially he traded only in salmon, then halibut then black cod. In 2004 Dana’s son, Tyler, joined the company. Now, they sell to over 38 countries but have kept their team small and family orientated. We deal directly with Tyler to ensure absolute quality throughout the supply chain.
Staff is a key success factor at the Dana F. Besecker Company. “We have really great people, and couldn’t do what we’re doing today without our team members.” With three offices — in Mercer Island and Bellingham, Washington, and Homer, Alaska – the company stays attuned to what’s going on with the fishermen. “Every year we seem to buy fish from people that we didn’t buy from before. We offer honesty, integrity and service…the reputation is there.”
Wild caught and sourced directly from trusted fishermen from sustainable fisheries, Buyers in over 40 countries around the world recognise Dana F. Besecker black cod as the highest quality sablefish on the market.