From his first several months of working with BBDF, Zimin says he'd recommend the program to other local businesses.
Zimin wants to see a whole fleet of local tenders in Bristol Bay, and in fact another early BBDF investment in 2015 did go to another Bristol Bay business active in the fishery.
But BBDF is about far more than just fishing businesses.
Fund Manager Cameron Poindexter says BBDF is focused on businesses in several fields: fisheries, transportation, agriculture, energy, technology, and health and wellness.
BBDF is mostly looking to invest in Bristol Bay businesses, but those that will benefit the region are eligible even if they aren't entirely based there.
Although BBDF is eager to invest in businesses, Poindexter says the fund is careful to work with business owners to ensure that each investment will help the region and the business.