Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Trident Fishery, St. Paul Island, and the Most Dangerous Catch

I am standing by a large halibut
St. Paul is the location of Trident's largest crab production facility in the world.  For those who have watched on the Discovery Channel "The Most Dangerous Catch" no St. Paul is where the boats offload their crabs, re-supply and get medical care.  The facility Process a daily capacity of 450,000 pounds of crab.





In the summer, the plant also processes halibut.  And while I was visiting the island, had a chance to view the processing of the halibut.  The week, we were there, because the restaurant at the hotel was being utilized by workers that were repairing the break water and harbor, we ate at the lunch room at the Trident plant.  Of course, we had halibut, but also a basic good variety of food.

The halibut are processed into fillets, wrapped and quick frozen for sale throughout the United States.  The workers come not only from St. Paul Island, but from the Philippines, the Far East and the United States mainland.  The plant is open for approximately 4 months out of the year and depending on what they are processing will employ between 20 to 400 people.

Filleting the Fish

Filleting the Fish

Filleting the Fish

Filleting the Fish

Filleting the Fish

Clean Fish

Filleting the Fish

Gloves for the Workers

Packaged Halibut

Packaged Halibut

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