fishermen support a large processing industry with
over 500 licensed processors. More than half are catcher-processor
vessels that both harvest and process seafood; these
range from huge factory trawlers in the Bering Sea
the small independent salmon fishermen that head, gut
and freeze their catch onboard. Of the more than 200
shoreside processors, about 30 handle the majority
of the harvest. Direct marketing fishermen, who operate
outside the traditional harvester/processor relationship,
compose a growing segment of the processing industry
in Alaska. The Office of Fisheries Development has
a section of its web site specifically for seafood
majority of processing in Alaska consists of "primary
processing" wherein processors perform the first
modification to the seafood. Secondary processors add
value to the product, creating skinless/boneless fillets,
smoked salmon, fish patties and many other seafood products.
A growth in the number of Alaska businesses that perform
secondary processing is one opportunity for increasing
the value of the state's seafood industry.
Seafood processing licenses and permits are available at the Alaska Tax Division’s Online Permit and License Application System. The online application includes the Intent to Operate and the DOR license application.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s “Seafood Processing Application” is available online.
may also wish to study the recovery
and yield rates for the
species you’re interested in processing.
you’re looking for an Alaska seafood processor,
the maps below contain contact information and locations
for most licensed processors in Alaska in 2010. Updated
lists are available at Department
of Environmental Conservation’s web site.
of shoreside seafood processors in Alaska
of seafood catcher-processor vessels in Alaska