Alaska commercial fishing news and notes
Does that give the Bristol Bay fish the Copper River name so they sell for more on the fresh market? I would think it a conflict and that they should not be able to brand those fish with the Copper River name. Though it looks like Copper River has been buying fish in the Bay, and in Cook Inlet for years.
anyone get a retro from Bristol bay this spring?
This is great news. We'll finally have a serious processor occupying that site in Naknek. Not only that, but the processor is known to be Alaska-centric. If Copper River's Naknek operation follows its Togiak model, it will require and incentivize quality handling practices for its fleet. Hopefully, if the plutocrats that own Icicle can be persuaded to lower their price, another forward-thinking company will buy and revitalize that processor. This will accelerate the quality movement in the Bay, and be better for all of us who fish there.
This should shut the door on any rumors of Copper River buying Icicle.
4:43, you are very correct. Copper River Seafoods has been a leader in fish quality and making their fleet comply. I have nothing but good to say about them.
Copper River has always treated their fishermen well, but it is usually at the expense of their vendors, who they stretch out - in terms of payment to them - to the point of being abusive. They will never be a legitimate player, until they get this under control. For all their "Alaska-based" dialog, they certainly don't represent themselves, or Alaska, appropriately in terms of paying their bills. The term COD should apply not only to the fish that they purchase from their fishermen, but to supplies from their vendors, who too want to stay in business.
how much have CCS invest to retrofit that plant?
Do they have a fleet, or are they doing the "cash buyer" thing that bay watch and extreme did?
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