Carisma Fish AS is a partnership between founder Matias Aarvik, his son Arild together with Ole-Jonny and his brother Cato Bellen.
Matias Aarvik was born into the fishing industry and was encouraged at a young age to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a fisherman. His first job at the age of 14 was on board Norway’s very first trawler with a plant onboard and at that time, vessels were away at sea for up to four months at a time – the crew had no way of making contact with their families.
In 1970, having been a successful fisherman for many years, Matias formed a partnership with two of his brothers and they invested in a vessel of their own –a longliner which they named Vestfisk. Eight years later the brothers built a second boat – this time an automated longliner, named Vestkapp.
The business ran successfully and they sold Vestkapp in 2001 to Arild and his company. This one later burnt down in 2002.
In 2001 Matias and Arild joined forces with Ole-Jonny and Cato Bellen to launch Carisma Fish AS. Their fleet was expanded in 2008/09, when the four men invested in the two longliners, Carisma Star and Carisma Viking. In 2013 the Carisma Star was sold and the quotas were transferred to the Carisma Viking.