Alaska Fishing & Seafood Industry Overview

In our modern, computerized, industrialized world, there are few places left on the planet that can still be considered frontier lands. Alaska is one of these frontiers. Sure, Alaska, the state once known as Seward’s Folly, now has many modern cities such as Juneau, Anchorage, and Fairbanks, but most of the state is still a wilderness. The state’s population density (1.3 per sq/mile) is very low compared to the rest of the U.S.

Alaska Salmon Fishing Gillnetting Boat in Harbor

This is just the spot for people with an adventurous spirit!

Nailing down an Alaska fishing industry job is a great way to stay in this beautiful state for an extended visit, whether you’re a college student on summer break or just someone who’d like to explore his or her horizons.

While the fishing industry has had its ups and downs, there is always a demand for young, energetic people from all over the country to fill jobs on both onshore and offshore processors. Most of these jobs require no previous experience, just a willingness to work hard and an enthusiasm for exploring a rough and rugged lifestyle.

Learn About the Alaska Fishing Industry

Alaska fish processing companies offer many benefits to their employees, including good wages, free lodging and meals, and often free transportation to and from Alaska if you fulfill all your contractual obligations. Jobs include working on the processing line, operating machinery, being a deckhand, quality control, or even finding a job as a government inspector or aquaculture scientist.

Alaska fishing boat jobs pictureJobMonkey will give you an excellent overview of the industry. We have partnered with M&L Research, Inc. to bring you the most comprehensive and up-to-date information available anywhere on working in the Alaska Fishing Industry. M&L Research has specialized in covering employment in Alaska’s
Fishing Industries since 1985 – through They have spent thousands of hours in Alaska researching the ins and outs of the industry. The depth and accuracy of their information and resources are unmatched anywhere. They also have a database of over 12,000 detailed profiles of fishery employers including just about every fishing boat licensed to fish in Alaska’s waters.

M&L Research provides some really useful overview information for free on JobMonkey. But they offer much more in-depth information on their website. For a small fee (only $3.95 for 5 days of full access) for their service, you get full access to all of their employment resources including access to their employer database and a number of great video clips, plus tons of insider tips on how to get hired and maximize your earnings in the industry. We think it’s a great value, if you are considering working in the Alaska fishing industry.

Some might ask, “Why are you using an outside company for your Alaska fishing industry content?” It was a tough decision. Even though a number of our staff have had extensive experience in Alaska’s fishing industry, we felt that it would be really difficult to develop content any better than what M&L Research provides.

Our choice was clear: to partner with the best source of information to provide you with the most up-to-date resources possible.

OK, now let’s get back to information on working in the fishing industry. Browse through these pages, and you’ll get an incredible overview of the industry. A summer (or year!) in Alaska will be an experience of a lifetime. Have fun, earn some great money, and see some amazing scenery.

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