APICDA’s Cannon Fish Co. Opens Processing Plant in Kent, Washington

Cannon Fish Co., a value-added seafood processing and marketing firm owned by the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association, has opened a new processing facility in Kent, Washington, with the potential to employ 200 people.

Company president Pat Rogan announced this week plans for a media tour and ribbon cutting event on May 23 at the energy efficient, state of the art facility.

Rogan said the new primary and secondary processing facility would allow the company to reduce costs and control its own production.

Most of the fish being processed there are caught by fishing families living in villages in the Aleutian Islands adjacent to the Bering Sea, said Larry Cotter, chief executive officer of APICDA.

The facility ties directly to APICDA’s processing plants in Alaska – the Atka Pride Seafoods plant in Atka and the Bering Pacific Seafoods plant in False Pass – and enhances the viability of all three facilities,” Cotter said. “The new facility also demonstrates that CDQ investments benefit communities and states beyond Alaska,” Cotter said.

APICDA acquired Cannon Fish Co., which caters to a nationwide network of retailers, restaurants, specialty grocers and institutions, back in August of 2013.

APICDA is one of six western Alaska community development quota corporations designed to boost the economy of the regions they serve through fisheries.

The CDQ program allocates a percentage of all Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands quotas for groundfish, halibut and crab to each of the six CDQ groups.

APICDA and its subsidiary firms generate proceeds through the management of those quotas to fulfill its charitable purpose of developing stable local economies in six remote villages in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands.