A Village Fish Processing Plant: Yes or No? A Planning Handbook

May 2001. By Gunnar Knapp, Craig Wiese, Jude Henzler and Peter Redmayne.

People in many Alaska villages are interested in starting fish processing plants. Every year, the Economic Development Administration (EDA) in Alaska receives requests from villages for help in building and equipping small processing plants. A fish processing plant can provide markets for fishermen, processing jobs and income for village residents, and many other benefits. But starting and operating a fish processing plant is not easy, and fish processing plants may not work in every village. The EDA sponsored this planning handbook to help residents of western Alaska villages decide whether a fish processing plant could work in their villages.

The handbook was written by Gunnar Knapp, Craig Wiese, Jude Henzler and Peter Redmayne, with illustrations by Clemencia Merrill and editing and production by Linda Leask and Mary Killorin. The statements, findings, conclusions and recommendationsare those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Development Administration.

All files are in PDF format

Handbook Cover Materials

COVER AND EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 5.2 MB

TABLE OF CONTENTS 22 KB

Handbook Chapters

1. INTRODUCTION 63 KB

2. EXAMPLES OF VILLAGE PROCESSING PLANTS 203 KB

3. DEFINING YOUR GOALS 88 KB

4. RESEARCHING YOUR MARKETS 249 KB

5. BUYING FISH 222 KB

6. BUILDINGS AND EQUIPMENT 353 KB

7. PLANT WORKERS 228 KB Training Pictures 47 KB

8. PLANT OPERATIONS 259 KB

9. PLANT OWNERSHIP, FINANCING AND MANAGEMENT 102 KB

10. FINANCIAL ANALYSIS 233KB

Appendixes

A. OTHER INFORMATION SOURCES 48 KB

B. ALASKA DEC SEAFOOD PROCESSOR PERMIT
APPLICATION FORM AND INSTRUCTIONS
199KB

C. EXAMPLES FROM VILLAGE FISH PROCESSING
PLANT PLANNNING DOCUMENTS
169 KB

D. SUPPLIERS OF EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES 36KB

E. SEAFOOD MARKET BASICS 120 KB