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Fisheries and Seafood

Alaska Processors

Alaska's fishermen support a large processing industry with over 650 licensed processors. Most of these are catcher-processor vessels that both harvest and process seafood; they range from huge factory trawlers in the Bering Sea to the small independent salmon fishermen that head, gut and freeze their catch onboard. Direct marketing fishermen, who operate outside the traditional harvester/processor relationship, compose a growing segment of the processing industry in Alaska. The Fisheries and Seafood information includes information on seafood direct marketers.

The 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.

 Lists of Alaska seafood processors and a seafood processing application are available at Department of Environmental Conservation’s Seafood web site.

You may also wish to study the recovery and yield rates for the species you’re interested in processing. A copy of Recoveries and Yields from Pacific Fish and Shellfish is available to download at Sea Grant Alaska.