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Developing … Peter Pan Seafoods Port Moller plant devastated in overnight fire

The Peter Pan Seafoods processing plant in Port Moller has been devastated by a massive fire that burned through the night and into Wednesday morning. So far no one has been reported injured, but power, running water, and most phone and internet connections are down in remote community. “The fire started kind of in the production end of things, kind of the freezing warehouse at Peter Pan Seafoods last night. And consumed most of the production facilities that we can tell,” said Bob Murphy, the ADF&G area management biologist based in Port Moller. Murphy was reached a little before 8 a.m. Wednesday. A fisherman who watched the fire from his vessel reported that he saw flames shooting 150 feet high, and that the long dock was eventually cut away to contain the fire. click here to read the story 15:21

Hiring seafood workers in Bristol Bay has been tough for years. This summer, it’s worse.

Seafood processors in Alaska’s Bristol Bay this summer have had trouble finding enough workers to handle the fish that come through their plants. Those in the industry say a confluence of factors, including a lack of visas for bringing foreign workers to the industry, a hotter economy in the Lower 48, and a record-breaking salmon run in Bristol Bay, was to blame. “There was a significant lack of process workers for some companies in the bay, and it exacerbated the problems of having to deal with high levels of harvest,” said John Garner, president of Seattle-based North Pacific Seafoods, which has locations across Alaska. Some processors couldn’t keep up with the huge amount of fish coming in, which forced them to resort to whatever method was fastest to get the pounds through the plant. click here to read the story 10:03

Longtime Nushagak fishermen say they’ve never seen a year like this

The total run to the Nushagak  in Bristol Bay has surpassed the all time record for the district. Those who have spent many, many decades fishing at Nushagak Point weigh in on the unprecedented season. The run has been substantial enough to overwhelm the processor, Peter Pan Seafoods, who has been forced to place Nushagak setnetters on daily limits.,, Curtis Olson, better known as ‘Ole’, is the self-proclaimed Mayor of Nushagak Point and has fished in the district for 37 years. He was medevaced out when his gall bladder turned septic during last year’s season and considered retirement. He says he’s glad he continued to fish, because he was able to participate in what he calls ‘the greatest run ever in the history of the Nushagak district.’ Audio, read the story here 07:59

Nushagak set netters try to not catch too much during record sockeye runclick here to read the story

‘Deadliest Catch’ crew joins Fish for Kids program in Bristol Bay

file_435135Leave it to the crew of “Deadliest Catch to liven things up, even when it comes to a philanthropic effort by fishermen and Peter Pan Seafoods to provide salmon meals to local school children and raise funds for fisheries education. The salmon tender Cornelia Marie and its crew combined efforts recently to support the Fish for Kids effort, which for the past decade has accepted donations of fish from fishermen in the Bristol Bay region in an effort to bring top-quality local salmon to school children in the region. This year, some 12,000 pounds were donated to Fish for Kids. The crew of the Cornelia Marie offered a 10-cent bonus for every pound of fish donated to the program. Read the rest here 10:07