GROUNDFISH FORUM

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."