COD

Hope McKenney/KUCB

UniSea has seen five positive cases of the coronavirus among its employees and employee family members since late August.

That's largely due to an influx of about 100 new processing workers that the island's biggest seafood processor brought in to fill a gap in the market, according to UniSea President and CEO Tom Enlow. 

Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media

 

A heap of slimy fish heads nearly filled a deep tote. Above, workers finished sorting stacks of decapitated halibut they had run through a grim mechanical apparatus.

"Right here, we have a guillotine blade," said Mike Lauer, showing off the de-heading device. "We'll sell the cheeks, and then we can use the heads for bait."

 

Holland Dotts & the Alaska Marine Conservation Council

The Unalaska City Council has endorsed the rationalization of two derby-style Pacific cod fisheries.

On Tuesday, councilors voted to support the development of Limited Access Privilege Programs (LAPPs) for trawl catcher vessels targeting cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, as well as for pot catcher vessels 60 feet long and longer.

Zoe Sobel/KUCB

For decades, the Northern Victor was a nomadic vessel.

It spent part of the year processing pollock in Unalaska’s Beaver Inlet. And the rest, it spent traveling back and forth from Seattle for maintenance.

That finally changed this season, when Icicle Seafoods had the boat drop its vagabond act and settle down at the dock for good.

KUCB stopped by the Northern Victor recently to see how its new home has affected business.

It’s a windy day on the Unalaska spit, with gusts reaching more than 90 miles per hour.

Zoë Sobel/KUCB

Unalaska is America’s fish capital. More seafood is hauled into Dutch Harbor than anywhere in the country, but for residents it’s not easy to find fresh fish unless they catch it themselves.

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