Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A snapshot of Alaska's seafood workforce

The state Department of Labor focuses on commercial fishing in the latest edition of its monthly publication, Alaska Economic Trends.

Here are a few notes of interest:

• Average monthly employment in Alaska fish harvesting climbed in 2011 for the third consecutive year, to 8,064 permit holders and crewmen.

• Lots of fishermen hold non-fishing jobs in the off-season. Salmon setnet permit holders are the most likely to hold another job, while trawl permit holders are the least likely.

• Construction is far and away the most common off-season job fishermen hold.

• Fewer than 15 percent of resident permit holders and crew are women.

• The median hourly wage for seafood processors was $9.03 per hour in 2011, but those working in Southeast Alaska made a higher median wage by nearly $3 an hour.

1 comment:

george hutchings said...

americans for equal access is a goup of like minded americans who are against privitization of a public resource.who think public resourses should be availabe to the public,we currently are working on prohibitive species qouta for gulf trawlers,as the bycatch issue is maily a trawler issue and should not need catch shares to produce individual acountability not only in fisherman yet also in the way of all trawl caught fish come ing to the dock and being prosessed and acounted for.
also we want to see new entry slots in all fisheries that are already regulated.
please exscuse my typos
george hutchings
president for A.F.E.A.