When he quit his job as a pipefitter and decided to become a full-time fisherman, Dave Barlean had no idea that he and his family would become manufacturers of some of America’s best-selling Omega-3 supplements.
It all started in the 1970s when Dave reconfigured a traditional canoe-style boat into a catamaran-style vessel and installed live fish tanks right onboard. His homemade innovation made it possible to separate endangered species from the commercial catch and, ultimately, revolutionized the reef netting industry. It also ensured that Dave’s customers always got the freshest fish possible.
Back at home, beloved matriarch Barb “Mom” Barlean, was busy raising four children and setting up a direct order system — an advanced telemarketing technique for the time — to deliver fresh salmon across the state within hours of being harvested.