Saturday, August 19, 2017

Processor in peril

Emergency efforts are underway to try to keep a "deteriorating" vessel, the Akutan, afloat at Unalaska.

The 166-foot fish processor is coming off a disastrous salmon season in Bristol Bay, as described in this KDLG story.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Look at the picture of the boat. The owners, operators, the bank, and the fishermen.......what could they all possibly have been thinking? This seventy five year old relic is going to possibly be able to compete with the resources AGS, Silver Bay, etc can bring to the dance?

Anonymous said...

Maybe the owner of the vessel can get work with the Somalian Pirates.

Anonymous said...

It's all karma for Larry.

Anonymous said...

You can say that again!

Anonymous said...

Fishermen who organized this circus actually didn't loose any fishing time (Kiril, Nikolai) fished for a major buyer all season long, its the innocent individuals that got lured in and promised a fortune lost a whole lot of fishing time.

Anonymous said...

Agreed that the vessel looks a little undercapitalized. As fishermen shouldn't we all be looking for better potential markets tho? The bay has been in the toilet for years now.. You shouldn't have to catch 300,000 pounds to have a great season. Ever been to a Costco and seen the retail price? Where does all the middle money go? Lack of character and money contributed to this,but just imagine one processor in the bay.. it clearly didn't work out for them, but it might not be a bad trend to start. One B bay boat load of of fillets is more than a seasons pay.

Anonymous said...

Where is the follow-thru reporting on this article.? Is the "Akutan" still floating out there somewhere? Did the crew get home OK? Did they get paid? what became of it all?