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Alaska residents building floating fish processing plant


SITKA, Alaska (AP) – A couple of Alaska residents have decided to add a wrinkle to the fish industry in Alaska.

Residents Pat Glaab and Ben Blakey have started a fish processing plant called Northline Seafoods that will be able to do what its competitors can’t _ move, KTOO-FM reported Saturday. The floating plant is being made out of a 150-foot (46-meter) former helicopter logging barge.

The facility will be able to freeze up to 300,000 pounds (136,000 kilograms) of whole sockeye a day while tied to the banks of the Ugashik River, about 85 miles south of the nearest processors.

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