Processor’s Trawl Fish Purchase Raises Sitka Ire

A Sitka-based seafood processor is taking heat from locals after purchasing trawl-caught fish.

Silver Bay Seafoods bought rockfish from two trawlers delivering to the company’s plant in Sitka. Southeast waters are closed to trawling, and while nobody is disputing the legality of the catch, representatives of various fishing interests say the purchase undermines the ban.

In the face of that reaction, the company apologized for not giving that viewpoint more consideration. But the CEO also says they had the best interests of their company and the community in mind.

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Ed Ronco is a reporter at KCAW in Sitka.

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