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New owner to take over Unalaska fish processing plant

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Zoe Sobel
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KUCB

An Unalaska fish processing plant will soon have a new owner, according to a city memo.

The Northern Victor – a 380-foot processing ship owned by Icicle Seafoods – spent decades splitting its seasons between processing pollock in Unalaska’s Beaver Inlet and traveling to Seattle for maintenance. In 2018, the vessel found a permanent home docked at Unalaska’s spit. 

Now, Icicle is transferring ownership of its floating operation to Westward Seafoods, which operates a large processing plant down Captain’s Bay Road.

The memo said city staff found out about the purchase in late December, and city councilors approved transferring Icicle’s 20-year tidal lease agreement to Westward at a meeting Tuesday.

A timeline for the transfer has not been announced.

An Icicle official said they’re unable to comment at this time.

Westward could not be reached for comment.

Born in rural Northern California, Hope started as a reporter and producer at KZYX in Mendocino County. She then worked at Kichwa Hatari — the first Quechua language radio station in the U.S., based in New York — and KQED in San Francisco.
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