Annette Island Packing plant reopens after 5-year closure

The Metlakatla Indian Community’s Annette Island Packing Co. has reopened after a five-year closure.

About 100 people gathered on June 14 to start the summer fishing season with a blessing of the fleet and to celebrate the return to work of the seafood processor which has operated in the community for more than 100 years.

AIP was founded as a cannery in the late 1800s and operated year-round until 2019, when the plant reduced its operations due to rising costs and other liabilities, according to a report from the Metlakatla Indian Community.

Mayor Albert Smith said the “fish processing side” o...

 

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