Peter Pan’s salmon processing facility in Port Moller, Alaska, was severely damaged by fire yesterday. The damage is so extensive that the company will not be able to continue the production of salmon.
The blaze broke out on Wednesday, August 16th, shortly after midnight. All crew and personnel are reported safe and uninjured, the company said in a press release. But damage is extensive enough to halt operations for the remainder of the 2017 season.
Peter Pan Seafoods was established in the State of Washington in 1950 as the successor to P.E. Harris Co., which began canning salmon in Alaska in 1912.. The company is now owned by Japanese Seafood Company Maruha Nichiro.
Peter Pan has four facilities in Alaska, Port Moller being the most remote. It’s a seasonal plant, operating from May to September. It can employ 140 workers and can process 113 metric tons of salmon daily, according to the company’s website.