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Silver Bay's ambitious new Alaska plant kicks off production

Company adds new salmon supply to its pipeline, and option to diversify into groundfish, exec tells IntraFish.

Silver Bay Seafoods' new processing plant in False Pass, Alaska, started production this month, the company told IntraFish, another step in the fast-moving firm's expansion.

The new facility, which is geared primarily toward producing sockeye in Alaska’s Eastern Aleutian Islands, is part of the company's move to diversify into other species and provide year-round opportunities for its Alaska processing facilities.

"We built the new False Pass plant in a favorable geographic location accessible to harvesters participating in salmon and groundfish fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea," Abby Frederick, a special assistant with Silver Bay, told IntraFish.

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The facility is currently processing salmon from Alaska's Area M sockeye fishery, but is designed and equipped to process all salmon species, she said.

"We plan to keep operations running year-round by shifting between the groundfish fisheries in fall/winter and salmon in the summer months," she said.

Located on more than 10 acres of land leased from the Isanotski native corporation, the facility includes adjacent housing, laundry and showers for workers, according to an application Silver Bay filed with the US Army Corps of Engineers.

The facility is located next to other processing operations, including Trident Seafoods' Bering Pacific Seafoods (BPS) plant.

Peter Pan Seafoods also has ancillary operations in False Pass that became fully operational less than two years after a devastating fire.

Silver Bay recently embarked on plans to diversify its very first plant in Sitka, Alaska, which it has used over the past decade for salmon, herring and oysters, the company told IntraFish earlier this year.

The company operates six domestic processing facilities throughout Alaska and the US West Coast.

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