Trident gears up for snow crab fishery
Owners of the largest crab processing facility on the planet on St. Paul Island, Trident Seafoods will add about 50 employees this season to increase its production capability to about 500,000 pounds per day.
The facility typically employs about 400 people during peak operations with a capacity of 450,000 pounds per day, but with nearly 42 million pounds of snow crab, or opilio, designated for delivery to the North Region in 2012 more workers are needed.
When the Bering Sea crab fisheries were rationalized beginning in the 2005-06 season, regional landing requirements were put in place to protect historical processing participation by communities.
Quota shares for both snow and king crab have either North or South regional designations for delivery, with the North Region represented by the Pribilof Islands receiving about 47 percent of snow crab landings.
Trident Seafoods Chief Legal Counsel Joe Plesha wrote via email that the additional workers, “should be sufficient to process the available opilio quota assuming weather conditions do not close the harbor or otherwise delay fishing for an extended period.”