About Us

We are your source for fresh seafood.

Sound Leader Seafood is a family business that operates out of Bellingham, Washington. We serve the local community with the highest quality seafood.

Our mission is to provide fresh local fish direct from the fisherman to the consumer, sustainably caught by hook and line and individually iced at sea.

Pacific Hustler Boat Vessel Sound Leader Seafoods in Bellingham, Washington
Catching crab on Sound Leader Seafood Vessel
Allen Oakley of Sound Leader Seafoods

Our history

Sound Leader Seafoods was founded by Allen Oakley. Allen grew up in a little town on the Oregon Coast around the ocean and fishing boats.

Allen has been a fisherman since he was 19 when he took the summer off from college to go fishing in Alaska. His first trip was on the Early Dawn as Engineer/Deckhand. Captain Allen Oakley eventually became a partner with the Vessels; Early Dawn, and numerous other crab vessels in the Bering Sea. He spent 20 years crab fishing in the Bering Sea. During this time, he worked his way up from deckhand to engineer into captain in a few years, and finally to being a boat partner of numerous crab boats in the Bering Sea.

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Allen appeared on the beginning shows of Deadliest Catch and eventually made his way back to Bellingham, WA to start his own fishing vessel(s) to allow him spend more time with his wife, boys and family.

He now owns and operates the Pacific Hustler on the West Coast for crab, black cod, rock fish, lingcod, and halibut.

Allen was awarded the 2015 Presidential Migratory Bird Federal Stewardship Award. 

Sound Leader Seafoods certificate

The Owners

Allen & Gina Oakley

"My focus now is to do what I've always wanted to do; and that is providing fresh fish directly to the consumer. There is great joy in someone being able to buy a fresh halibut right off the vessel that was caught days earlier."

Allen
owners Allen and Gina Oakley of Sound Leader Seafoods

The KIDS

Austin and Zack Oakley
Austin & Zack

"The opportunity to fish with both my sons Austin and Zack has meant so much to me; and also to watch our oldest start to run the boat; eventually filling my shoes."

Allen

The Grandkids

Grandkids with Allen and Gina Oakley
Our grandkids are also hard workers on the boat!
Grandkids catching
members of Sound Leader Seafoods with kids

our Crew

crew of Sound Leader Seafoods at sea
Gabriel
Austin Oakley
Austin
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Armando
Member on board Pacific Hustler
Denton
fishing crew member
Odin
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