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We want our crew members to feel at home when they are with us. We know it’s difficult leaving your family and friends behind, so we will do everything in our power to make you feel comfortable on the boat.

Alaska is all about adventure, but sometimes it can be physically difficult living on a boat for seven days a week. We do our best to keep crew members healthy and strong by having plenty of food for you to choose from. Good health is extremely important for seafood crewmen to have since they will be doing physically demanding work each day.

We want our crew members to know what they are getting themselves into before they make the decision to come and work with us. The seafood industry is a challenging career, but if you stick it out for at least one contract, we can promise you will have some amazing experiences that may change your life forever. We do our best to take care of our crew members and provide them with the best working conditions possible during their time onboard our vessels.

We are lucky to have a great crew that is experienced in their trade and always willing to help out the newer crew members when they need it most. Our crew are some of the best in the business, so you will have an excellent mentor onboard our ships whenever you work with us at PPLP.

We want everyone on board to feel like they are part of a team and we don’t treat anyone differently because of their race, gender, or anything else. We provide crew members with the respect and opportunity they deserve when we hire them and we expect all of our crew members to be strong in every aspect of their lives while they are working for us.

Regardless of whether you are a greenhorn or an experienced seaman, we really need all hands on deck. We will do everything in our power to make sure that you enjoy your time onboard and you reach home safely by the end of the contract.

PPLP has been a leader in the seafood industry for many years and we continue to provide our customers with the best quality products around. We want to make sure that we provide the most enjoyable experience possible for all of our crew members, but we need your help in doing so.

Punctuality is extremely important for any job and we expect each and every one of our crew members to be on time when they report for duty. We will do our best to make sure that we have a set schedule and that you can plan your life around this schedule, but we ask for your patience when it comes to the ever-changing nature of fishing.

We want our crew members to be able to perform all tasks on board with ease and we always make sure that they are up-to-date with the training that they need before their contracts start. We value the opinions of our crew members very highly and we want them to provide any suggestions or complaints while they are working for us. You can be completely honest with us about what you want to see changed and we will do our best to accommodate all requests whenever possible.

Joining the PPLP team has many benefits. You’ll make steady pay with guaranteed overtime, and off-season time allows for extended family visits or travel; and full-time processors are eligible for a 401(k) with matching, health, dental, and vision insurance.

Good luck, and welcome aboard!

Alaska Fish Processing Jobs Pay Competitive Salaries

In order to leave your home and venture out onto the open ocean, you want to know that you’ll make good money! Alaska fish processing jobs pay competitive salaries and offer lots of opportunities for promotions and growth. The Alaska seafood industry is a place where you can work hard, gain new skills, and build a career to be proud of.

How Much Does A Seafood Processor Make In Alaska?

Here at Phoenix Processor LP, we pay our seafood processors an hourly rate and a guaranteed production bonus. Your pay can vary slightly from season to season based on the amount of fish caught and the products produced, but starting processors can expect to make approximately $3,500 – $5,000 per month. Our blended pay system means that you get regular, reliable paychecks twice a month, and you also share in the value of the catch.

Find Alaska Seafood Processing Jobs That Are Right For You

The Alaskan seafood industry is large and diverse, with many different types of processing jobs. After fish are caught, they can be delivered to processing plants on land, or processed and frozen right on the boat at sea! So, would you rather keep your feet planted on the ground, or head out onto the water? PPLP owns and operates two processing vessels, the M/V Phoenix and the M/V Excellence, which process and freeze fish at sea.

Seafood processing jobs are physically and mentally demanding. Not only are you working a hard physical job that will make your body sore until you are conditioned, but you are doing it on a boat that is always moving! Mentally you must be prepared to be away from friends and family for a few months at a time and to live and work with a large, diverse crew of people onboard the vessel – people who will quickly become your friends and at-sea family.

The Alaska seafood industry offers the most modern fishing vessels in the world. These boats contain just about every piece of equipment imaginable to fish safely, efficiently, and profitably. There is something romantic about fishing, especially when you’re young. If you’ve ever driven past the PPLP processing vessels, you know that these boats are big and modern industrial machines. PPLP is currently seeking multiple open positions for people who enjoy working with their hands and handling machinery. The Alaskan processing industry is looking for employees from all walks of life, from heavy equipment operators to engineers. If you love being active, working with your hands and are seeking a physically demanding job, then maybe working on a boat is for you!

There are also differences in fishing seasons. Are you looking for a seasonal job, or a year-round seafood job in Alaska? Here at PPLP, our vessels fish in 2 distinct fisheries: pollock and pacific whiting aka hake. This creates 4 seasons throughout the year, with our shortest seasons lasting about 30 days and our longer seasons lasting 3-4 months. You choose which seasons you want to work throughout the year!

Pollock fisheries: 

Seasons for pollock fishing usually fall during the months of January to April, and June to September. These are peak seasons in Alaska. You’ll get to experience the beautiful Alaskan summer and a true Alaskan winter.

Pacific Whiting (hake) fisheries:

Seasons for pacific whiting fishing usually fall during the spring and fall in the months of May and  November. Hake is fished in the waters off the coast of Washington and Oregon. If the boat’s headed in the right direction, sometimes you’ll even get a cell signal!

It’s best to think about when you want to work and choose the fishing seasons that fit your schedule best. So make sure you understand when each type of season will be running when you apply or are hired on to a vessel! You will have to pick your dates accordingly. Admittedly, this is not an easy decision. We do our best to keep new crew members informed of the seasons so they can make an informed decision when choosing their seasons. We ensure all candidates know what they are getting into before they apply with us, especially new crew members.

Picking your seasons is very important! We recommend thinking about what you want out of your fishing career and scheduling the season accordingly. So, if you’re looking for a seafood job in Alaska, make sure you understand what type of industry (and season) this will be! PPLP fishes four seasons each year, but you can choose which seasons to work to fit your schedule.

All in all, we hope to see you out here in Alaska one day soon! Just remember the more information you have about the industry and the more you know about what season(s) best fit your schedule, the better decision you’ll be able to make!

If you’re still reading and you’re thinking, “Wow, I’d love to work aboard a PPLP vessel!”, then we’ve got news for you: we are actively recruiting for our upcoming seasons, and we just might have the job for you! 

What Are The Qualifications To Be A Seafood Processor?

Seafood processing jobs at sea require a strong body, a strong mentality, and a strong work ethic. You do not need to have a degree or any specialized training – you will be trained on the job! Successful processors often have recent experience in fields such as construction, roofing, landscaping, farming/agriculture, oil fields, food production, and manufacturing positions. Processors must be able to stand for long periods of time, as well as lift, push, pull and move pans full of fish up to 50 pounds, and be flexible enough to twist, duck, climb and kneel in order to navigate the factory and the vessel. Another quality that the most successful processors have is a positive attitude. 

The first step to becoming a successful processor is to find an opportunity that fits your schedule and desired location. Applications can be filled out online after which candidates may be called for an interview. Hiring managers will then select from the pool of applicants those who best meet their needs, based on fit with work schedule, willingness to travel, and prior work experience. Most processors are offered a verbal commitment after which they may need to wait anywhere between 10 days and several months before an offer is finalized through the signing of a contract. Once that contract has been signed it is time for you to start your adventure!

Once aboard the vessel, successful processors will be trained in different positions in the factory. The vessel’s experienced crew will be there to train processors in proper safety protocol as well as day-to-day tasks. You may stay in one position to master it, or you may be trained in many different positions during your contract 

While there is no exact science to choosing an industry, location, or job title – if you meet these three qualifications: strong body, strong mentality, and a good work ethic – you are ready to apply!

Alaska Fish Processing Companies

Alaska fish processing companies range from major international companies to small private operations. Many of the fish processing companies in Alaska are family-owned and operated. Among them, they produce a variety of seafood products including canned fish, fish sticks, smoked fish, fresh frozen fish fillets as well as shrimp and crabmeat. In addition to various seafood products, some fish processing companies in Alaska offer supporting services such as custom cutting and packaging.

Alaska fish processing companies are located in many different regions of Alaska. These areas include the Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak Island, Bristol Bay, Southwest Alaska, Southeast Alaska, and more. Within these regions are multiple towns that have established fish processing plants.

There are also many companies that operate fish processing vessels such as the ones owned and operated by PPLP. These vessels fish in many different fisheries including Pacific cod, flatfish including yellowfin sole, rock sole, and arrowtooth flounder, rockfish species, mackerel, and Alaska pollock. They may also use different types of gear to catch different species, such as long-lines, nets, or pots.

In addition to their role as a leader in the fishing industry, Alaska fish processing companies have been making efforts to assist those individuals who have been affected by natural disasters. For example, in 2010 after the earthquake that struck Haiti, some companies sent food items to help feed families in need. During the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaskans were some of the first to send volunteers to assist with clean-up efforts. According to reports, over 200 people from Alaska traveled down south to help clear debris and recover oil-soaked animals.

A possible option for locating an Alaska fish processing company is to visit the website of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. This website provides consumers with a list of seafood suppliers including those that process canned seafood, frozen seafood, smoked seafood, and more. Consumers are able to search by either location or product type in order to find what best suits their needs.

What Do Seafood Processors Do?

Seafood processors work in the factory onboard our vessels turning freshly caught fish into frozen products that will be sold to be made into things like fish sticks, imitation crab, and fish sandwiches. There’s a lot of work that goes into the frozen product, and processors do it all. Do you like challenging yourself to get things “just right”? Machine drivers have to make sure each fish is quickly and correctly aligned to go into the precision machinery used to remove the head, gut, fillet, and skin of the fish. Do you have an eye for detail? Candlers pick out fillets with even the tiniest imperfections. Processors also weigh and package the products, load and unload the plate freezers and stack the boxes safely in the freezer hold. When the boat returns to the dock, all processors help to offload the product.

What Is It Like Being A Seafood Processor?

As part of the crew, you will live and work onboard the vessel for the duration of your contract. Staterooms and bathroom facilities are shared, so you will have roommates. You’ll eat your meals in the galley with the other crew members on your shift. The rest of the crew might start off as strangers at first, but by the end of a contract or two, they are more like a second family.

One of the difficult things about working seafood jobs in Alaska is having to leave your friends and family back home while you work on the boat. We do provide wifi access for crew members on our boats to make it easier to keep in touch with loved ones back home.