Whether you work in the seafood
industry in Kodiak or not, odds are your presence here is partially due to
commercial fishing - even if it's in a service or supporting role. That
statement is reinforced by figures compiled by the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce
and published in its August newsletter.
Lale Gurer is the
economic development specialist at the chamber. Using figures from Fish and
Game and the Department of Labor, about 45 percent of Kodiak's jobs are
directly tied to the sea - either as a fisherman or a cannery worker.
Fishermen account for about a
quarter of all jobs in Kodiak, with a payroll of $118-million in 2011.
Processing workers brought in another $73-million.
-- (Fishing Econ 1 10 sec "Twenty percent is the number of
employment of the seafood industry, but if you look at the regional wages, the
seafood industry accounts for 28 percent of the total.")
She says the figures for the cannery
workers are more solid than the ones for fishermen, because the latter are
harder to count:
-- (Fishing Econ 2 30 sec "This was taken from the
Department of labor's last year's study. They did a survey of active permit
holders and estimated crew and then the Department of Labor post those numbers
just for the seafood processing industry because they don't have any record for
fishermen to be able to follow. Because they calculate that based on
unemployment insurance and fishermen don't have to report it.")
Government payroll at all levels:
city, borough, state and the feds, totals $67-million and accounts for about 27
percent of all wages outside of fishing. Education and health services
accounted for $32-million in wages, while trade and utilities saw $26.7-million
Gurer also broke down fish type and
ex-vessel value for Kodiak. Groundfish - mainly pollock and cod - represented
75 percent of the harvest, and 44 percent of the value. Salmon accounted for 21
percent of the catch and 28 percent of the value. Halibut, which has seen
record prices in recent years, accounted for only 2 percent of landings in
Kodiak, but 22 percent of the value. Crab, herring and other species make up
You can find out more in the August
"Currents," the newsletter of the chamber of commerce, available at Kodiak.org.