Great Glacier Salmon plant was built against all odds in the early 1980’s and located just inside the Canadian border on the Stikine River The plant is HAACP approved federal plant #763, produces its own hydro electricity, enabling the on-going production of ice and the running of a self-sufficient fish processing plant.
Great Glacier Salmon uses gill nets to harvest high oil content Stikine River spring, sockeye and coho salmon. Sets last only 20 minutes, unlike other areas of catch that can take 8-10 hours. These quick sets yield live salmon, which are bled on board and then hand butchered and belly iced in insulated totes within less than 24 hours of being caught.
Belly-iced, headless, and dressed salmon are transported from the plant by boat, 1.5 hours downstream to a facility in Wrangell Alaska, where the salmon are either boxed for air freight and shipped to Seattle – or – trans-shipped in a refrigerated van by Alaska State Ferry, via Prince Rupert, to Vancouver, BC.