SIRF announces establishment of Ed Morey Memorial Fund

Published on
September 25, 2020

The Seafood Industry Research Fund (SIRF) has announced the formation of the Ed Morey Memorial Fund, named after the founder of Morey’s Fish Company – now Morey’s Seafood International.

The fund, according to a press release, was approved unanimously by SIRF’s board of directors, and is intended to recognize the contributions that Ed Morey made to the wider industry. Ed’s son, Loren Morey, served as the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) Chair in 1985, and has remained active in NFI.

Ed Morey founded the company in 1937. A logger, farmer, and baker by trade, he traded a load of sweetcorn for a load of seafood from a fisherman whose truck had broken down in his hometown of Motley, Minnesota. From there, the business continued to grow, and Ed’s son Loren joined the company in 1964.

“Ed Morey’s history is a fascinating tale of hard work, innovation, and foresight,” SIRF Chairman and President and CEO of Fortune International Sean O'Scannlain said in the announcement of the fund. “Ed put seafood on the Midwest map, paving the way for companies like mine, also based far from any U.S. coastline.”

While Loren named the fun after his father, SIRF said it hopes to acknowledge “the contributions of both ed and Loren Morey and all they have done for NFI, SIRF, families in Motley, Minnesota, and the seafood industry broadly.”

Loren kicked off the fund with a donation of USD 60,000 (EUR 51,627), and SIRF said it has already received interest from others looking to support the fund.

“Loren, like his father so often did, is looking to the future with a fund that will benefit the seafood community for years to come. Their generosity is a testament to the company and the family,” O’Scannlain said.

SIRF got its start as the Lewis Goldstein Memorial Fund in 1964, before growing to become the Fisheries Scholarship Fund in the 1980s, and then the Seafood Industry Research Fund in 2012.

“Fifty-six years and more than 50 funds later, this important research support mechanism is proud to welcome the Ed Morey Memorial Fund,” SIRF stated. 

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