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Best Alaska Commercial Fishing Towns for Work

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Here is a list of our top tenAlaska commercial fishing towns photo Alaska towns to work in:

In Southeast Alaska we think the best places to work are:

Petersburg, Sitka, and Ketchikan. Also, the city of Juneau is Alaska’s capital city. While it’s not the best place to find seafood industry work, there are many jobs in hospitality and tourism during the summer months! All in all, the towns of Southeast Alaska are meccas for summer workers. One nice thing about the region is that you can travel between towns using the Alaska Marine Highway System (ferry) or you can fly ($).

On the Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound region the best places to work in the seafood industry include:

Kenai, Homer, Seward, Cordova, and Valdez. These towns can be accessed in a variety of ways. You can drive to Homer, Kenai, and Seward from Anchorage. You can take the Alaska ferry to Cordova and Valdez. Like Juneau, in Southeast, the cool-as-heck town of Homer is not the best place to find ‘commercial seafood’ jobs. However, the charter fishing industry is big here and it’s a tourism hotspot during the months of May through September.

Another great place to work in the seafood industry? Try Kodiak. Unlike most of the towns mentioned so far, Kodiak is a year-round seafood town. There is a summer salmon harvesting and processing period on Kodiak Island, but the industry here is much more comprehensive. Processing facilities here typically seek year-round workers.

Finally…we absolutely love Naknek in Bristol Bay. It’s a place to go for summer harvesting and processing jobs early in summer. The huge sockeye salmon fishery usually begins in mid- to late-June and ends by mid-July. Many seasonal seafood workers leave here in July, flying to areas in the south to finish out the season. Naknek is very remote!

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  • Dannie garwood says:

    I am very interested in working in Alaska I here it is very good money seeing how I have no family this would be the best place to start over


    I have been informed that nursing jobs are available on ship processors. I am very interested in this. I have searched multiple Alaska websites and have been unsuccessful in my searches. If anyone has any answers, please e-mail me.

    Misty R. Gearhart RN

  • Jonathan Hanley says:

    I am looking for work on a fishing boat. I have worked on a lobster boat in Maine for amfew summers. Anyone looking for a deckhand please email me @ [email protected]. I have worked in restaurants for years and can also cook. I’m a hard worker looking to do so for a decent pay. Thank you for your time

  • William Michailoff says:

    Hi I am a 36 year old construction worker living in Washington and m interested in a job as a deckhand. I am clean and sober and would like a second chance in life and I think tha me and a fishing boat are a good match. I am no stranger to extreme weather and I am an extremely hard worker and would be an asset to ny crew in need of an extra set of hands. I am able o pick up and relocate within a week

  • shane thrasher says:

    ive worked at a fishery in Seattle and in alaska,and i am interested in working on an offshore processing ship this summer..if anyone knows a name or website i can go to to apply for such work my email is [email protected]…thank you

  • Trent lynch says:

    My name is Trent lynch. I’m 25 and live in northern California. Don’t have any experience, but I’m a hard working quick learner. I love the ocean. I could be a real asset to someone’s boat that would give me an opportunity!!! Email [email protected]

  • randall barnett says:

    i would like to work as a deckhand on a fishing boat or cook i have 10 years of experiance cooking i cooked in us army for 10 year so i know what i am doing and i am a hard worker

  • Derek Laspisa says:

    Experience in fishing on the Pacific Ocean. Looking to become a deckhand. Will be in Alaska first part of September. Hard working, dedicated, physically fit and love to cook. Email me at [email protected]

  • Justin Hagen says:

    Hard working, dedicated, and willing to travel. Seeking a Processor or Deck Hand in any industry? Email me at [email protected]

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