Togiak Fisheries

Weather: Togiak is located in a climate transition zone, and the arctic climate affects the area. The summer weather varies between cloudy and sunny days and the average temperature ranges between 37 to 66 degrees F. Fog and high winds are prevalent during the winter and average temperatures are 4 to 30 degrees
F. Togiak Bay is ice-free from June to mid-November. Annual precipitation is 20 to 26 inches.

Season Dates: The Togiak plant operates from early May to early August. 

Employees: 150 at peak season.

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

Working at Togiak Fisheries

The North Pacific Seafoods plant in Togiak is known as Togiak Fisheries. The plant is located on Togiak Bay in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. It lies near the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge and is the gateway to Walrus Island Game Sanctuary. There are two neighboring Alaska Native villages within sight of the plant.  Togiak Village (pop. 804) is approximately 2.5 miles across Togiak Bay from the plant and can be reached only by boat or plane. Twin Hills (pop. 80) is six miles from the plant and can be accessed by 4-wheel drive vehicle. Both villages are traditional Yup’ik Eskimo communities with a fishing and subsistence lifestyle. Togiak Bay is located about 67 miles west of Dillingham, or about 30 minute plane flight. Dillingham is about 329 miles southwest of Anchorage. The Togiak plant was purchased by North Pacific in 1996. Today, the plant processes herring during early May, and salmon, halibut, and salmon roe from mid-June until the end of July.

Room & Board: North Pacific Seafoods provides housing for employees at the Togiak plant. 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.   The company charges $15/day for room and board. This fee is reimbursed when the employment contract is completed. Rain gear is provided by the plant.

Amenities: The plant is very remote and can only be accessed by plane or boat. The plant office handles mail for employees, and there are first aid facilities, phones and a small store at the plant. In Togiak, there is a post office, a store. There is a health clinic in Togiak, but no hospital facilities. It is important that medical and dental issues be handled before arriving in Togiak, as health care options are limited. Also, please bring all prescription medications (including extra contact lenses and glasses) 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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