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The seafood industry provides over 70,000 jobs annually in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. PSPA member companies offer a wide variety of employment opportunities to people with varied levels of education and experience. Positions range from entry level seafood processors to skilled positions such as maintenance, production, engineering, and management. There are many opportunities for on-the-job training and advancement. Descriptions of a wide range of seafood and maritime careers and where you can receive training are here.

Positions involve long hours and hard work, and many workers welcome both the training and opportunities for overtime pay. PSPA member companies provide round-trip transportation from the point of hire, as well as room and board. Workers are housed and provided with hearty meals along with laundry and housekeeping services. Retirement plans and health insurance are provided for many jobs. The Alaska Department of Labor provides updated schedules for seafood industry job fairs, recruitments, and workshops on their Job Fairs page. You can also contact them at (800) 473-0688.

PSPA member companies are committed to education. Many contribute to the A.W. “Winn” Brindle Memorial Scholarship Loan Program. Established in 1986 in memory of A.W. Brindle, president of Wards Cove Packing Company and former chairman of PSPA, the program provides educational loans for Alaska resident students interested in fisheries, seafood processing, food technology, or other related fields. Over $4 million has been contributed since its inception, with several hundred thousand dollars available for loans today. ​



NOTICE:  Pacific Seafood Processors Association ("PSPA") is a trade association composed of various member companies.  PSPA itself does not hire any seafood processing workers. PSPA does not sponsor and does not contract with any recruiters or agencies for guest worker programs or for hiring of non-U.S. workers.  Any recruiter/agency claiming to represent PSPA in recruiting seafood processing workers is not acting on PSPA's behalf.  PSPA does not have a guest worker program, and does not allow any agency to use PSPA's name in promoting hiring activities or guest worker programs. 

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Alaska Sea Grant offers classes and workshops on seafood safety, quality control, product development, business and marketing operations, leadership training, and other topics. 

Maritime Works is committed to getting more Alaskans in skilled, maritime careers. See this site for a review of the types of seafood and maritime-related careers, starting salary ranges, skills or education required, and where to find it.

Alaska Department of Labor offers additional information on what seafood industry jobs are like.

Orientation to Seafood Processing by
Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development
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