Tongass National Forest, National Geographic Magazine: Cannery Workers On Break

Exhausted cannery workers take a break during the busiest part of the salmon season in southeast Alaska. The seafood processors in Petersburg employ about 1,000 people each season. The main season for seafood processing and fishing employment is mid-June through early September.

Economists estimate the commercial seafood industry contributes $5.8 billion and 78,500 jobs to the Alaskan economy.

Icelandic Seafood employs hundreds of seasonal workers. Some are foreigners only in Alaska for the summer while others are local students trying to earn some quick money for school. It is tiring work with long hours since the fish must be processed quickly when boats bring In the catch.

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