Pederson Point
Pederson Point

Weather: The summer weather ranges from foggy/cloudy and rain to clear, windy, sunny days. The average summer temperatures range between 37 to 66 degrees F.

Season Dates: The Pederson Point plant operates from early May to the end of July.

Employees: 225 at peak season.

Starting pay rate: $10.60 an hour;
Overtime pay rate: $15.90 an hour

Working at Pederson Point

The North Pacific Seafoods plant located in the Naknek area is known as Pederson Point. It sits on Bristol Bay and is 3.5 miles north of the village of Naknek, Alaska. With a population of about 680, Naknek is situated on Kvichak Bay, an arm of Bristol Bay. Bristol Bay is known as the “Red Salmon Capital of the World” as well as the gateway to Katmai National Park and Preserve. Due to its abundant red salmon runs, the first salmon cannery was built in Naknek Alaska in 1890. Naknek has remained a major red salmon center, with a strong runs to this day. Bristol Bay is a tundra area known for its broad tides lands, high brown cliffs with crowning greenery. The nearest commercial airport is in King Salmon, which is connected to Naknek by road and is located about 280 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The Pederson Point plant was built in the 1890s as a saltery and was later converted to a salmon canning operation.  North Pacific Seafoods purchased the facility in 1983. Today, the plant processes herring during early May, and salmon and salmon roe from mid-June  until the end of July.

Room & Board:  Pederson Point provides housing for employees. Separate male and female quarters are provided and each room houses 2 to 4 people. We recommend you bring your own sleeping bag and towels. Meals are available for $15/day. This fee is reimbursed when the employment contract is successfully completed. Rain gear is provided by the plant.

Amenities: The plant is located 3.5 miles from Naknek. The plant office handles mail for employees, and there are first aid facilities, phones and a small store at the plant. In Naknek, there is a post office, bank, a couple of stores and restaurants, and internet access. There is a health clinic in Naknek, but no hospital facilities. It is important that medical and dental issues be handled before arriving in Naknek, as health care options are limited. Also, please bring all prescription medications needed for the duration of the season.

Transportation: The point of hire is the plant location. The cost of transportation to and from the plant location is the responsibility of the individual hired. However, upon request, the company can arrange transportation from Anchorage to King Salmon, but will deduct this amount from the individual’s wages. This deduction will be fully reimbursed with the successful completion of the employment term.

See Working for North Pacific Seafoods for more information.

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