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 By Larry Persily    News    January 17, 2024

New owner wants to expand Wrangell seafood sales

A Pacific Northwest seafood business owner, whose family has been active in commercial fishing in Alaska since 1981, plans to buy and expand the operations of Fathom Seafoods in Wrangell. Peninsula Seafoods has applied to the borough for transfer of...

 

The Way We Were

May 31, 1923 The first aerial mail ever received through the Wrangell post office came from Lake Bay Wednesday morning, having been brought by the seaplane Northbird piloted by Roy Jones with Glen Day as engineer. Mr. Jones stated that the flight...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 24, 2023

Trident on track to start processing salmon early July

Trident Seafoods is on schedule with preparation work to reopen its processing plant on the Wrangell waterfront after a three-year closure. “We expect to start handling fish the week of July 10,” focusing on chum and pink salmon, Southeast...

 

Trident reopening welcome news for town

Wrangell has come up short in good economic news in recent years, what with business closures, the loss of Alaska Crossings a year ago, not-so-great salmon runs and crab harvests, rising consumer prices and worker shortages. So it was especially...

 
 By Max Graham    News    December 7, 2022

Biggest salmon processor in Haines will not operate for third year in a row

The biggest fish processing plant in the Haines borough will stay closed next summer for the third straight season, OBI Seafoods’ Excursion Inlet plant manager Tom Marshall said last week, citing a low pink salmon forecast and the company’s...

 

Economic report says Wrangell's future could go either way

Readers can find both an optimistic view and gloomy numbers in the borough’s annual economic conditions report, issued last month. “With some of the lowest electrical rates in Alaska, the highest school district test scores, the potential to...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 11, 2022

Trident will keep Wrangell plant closed another year

Seattle-based Trident Seafoods will not open its Wrangell processing plant this summer, the third year in a row the operation has been closed. As in the past two years, the company cited weak chum salmon returns for its decision not to run the...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    April 27, 2022

Price, service, location all factor into fishermen's processor choice

Some commercial fishermen prefer to sell their hauls in Wrangell. Some look for the best price, even if it's a few cents higher. Some decide where to sell based on services offered. No matter what...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 6, 2022

State moves shrimp fishery to spring; no harvest this year

The state Board of Fisheries’ decision last month to move the Southeast commercial shrimp pot fishery from a fall start to spring means there will be no harvest this year. The Department of Fish and Game told the board that a spring harvest could h...

 

Legislators want federal help with seafood exports to China and Russia

Seafood is Alaska’s biggest export by far, and state legislators want the federal government to get tougher on trade policies that they say unfairly hurt global sales. Two resolutions (Senate Joint Resolution 16 and SJR17) were advanced last week...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 9, 2021

Employers have trouble hiring; new programs respond to help

It's a familiar storefront sight throughout Wrangell: "Help Wanted" signs placed in business windows. For various reasons, employers are having trouble filling positions. "We couldn't find someone to...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 9, 2021

Southeast pink salmon catch far exceeds forecast

It’s looking to be a very good summer for pink salmon commercial fishing, much better than last year’s dismal catch. The pink harvest in Southeast was just over 44 million fish as of Sept. 3, over 50% more than the 28 million forecast issued...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 29, 2021

Salmon runs have been weak

Salmon harvests are coming in slowly in the Wrangell-Petersburg area, according to Sea Level Seafoods and the state fisheries biologist out of Petersburg. Though it’s too early for a lot of specific numbers, both report catches have been lower...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 10, 2021

Assembly rescinds funding for Sea Level COVID testing

The borough assembly on Tuesday night rescinded $70,000 in funding to cover COVID-19 tests for employees of Sea Level Seafoods, after rejecting an amendment to expand the funding to all seafood processors in Wrangell. The assembly originally...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 3, 2021

City will pay for COVID testing of Sea Level employees

The borough again this summer will use federal funds to cover the cost of COVID-19 testing for Sea Level Seafoods employees. The borough assembly voted 4-3 at its May 25 meeting to appropriate up to $70,000 in federal funds to pay for testing this ye...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 29, 2021

Trident will not reopen this summer, cites low chum numbers

Trident Seafoods has notified city officials the company will not reopen its Wrangell plant this summer. Plant manager Nick Ohmer called on Tuesday with the expected news, Borough Manager Lisa Von Bar...

 

Alaska coastal communities will get economic boost in 2021

Alaska coastal communities will get a bit of an economic boost in 2021 from increased catches of Pacific cod. The stock, which crashed after a multi-year heat wave starting in 2014 wiped out several year classes, appears to be rebounding throughout...

 

COVID-19 daily update:

December 17 Jamie Roberts, with the Wrangell EOC, reported that there are currently no active cases of COVID-19 in the community. Statewide, Alaska’s case count is 41,859 as of yesterday. This is... Full story

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 25, 2020

Fishermen volunteering at seafood processor

Several local fishermen have been volunteering their time and energy, more so than usual, at Wrangell's sole operating seafood processor. With the decision by Trident Seafoods to not operate this...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 25, 2020

Questions on COVID-19 answered in online town hall

City officials organized an online town hall meeting last Thursday evening, June 18, to try and answer some community questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The town hall also saw some special...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 25, 2020

Eight total COVID cases in Wrangell

The number of COVID-19 cases in Wrangell has increased since last week's edition of the Wrangell Sentinel. As of Tuesday, June 23, there are eight total cases of the virus in town. The fourth case was...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 11, 2020

COVID cuts into annual fish, crab surveys

Surveys of Alaska's fish, crab and halibut stocks in the Bering Sea have been called off or reduced due to constraints and dangers posed by the coronavirus.  In what they called an "unprecedented"...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 16, 2020

Health safety discussed in meeting with seafood industry

Representatives of the City and Borough of Wrangell and the local seafood industry held a workshop on Tuesday, April 7, to discuss how public health can be protected with fishing season drawing near....

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 26, 2020

COVID-19 daily update:

4/1/20 COVID-19 Update Mayor Steve Prysunka and Borough Manager Lisa Von Bargen hosted a brief teleconference, on Wed., April 1, to share pertinent information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic with... Full story

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 12, 2020

Trident Seafoods plant to remain closed for salmon season

Trident Seafoods, one of the two main seafood processors in Wrangell, has decided not to operate during the upcoming salmon season. Stefanie Moreland, vice president of government relations, seafood s...

 

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