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New owner to take over Unalaska fish processing plant

Zoe Sobel

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.

Hope McKenney is a public radio news director, reporter, producer and host based in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska.
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