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In 2010 Petersburg stockholders sold their Icicle shares to Paine and Partners, an equity firm and in 2016, the plant was purchased by Cooke Aquaculture, a Canadian fish company.
The Clausen Memorial Museum has many images of canneries taken from 1998 through the present day.
Having enjoyed many meals of succulent Petersburg shrimp, I was curious about his operation, and I introduced myself in his extremely cluttered, if not downright unruly, office.“What we have here,” said Dave, “is the last hand-peel shrimp operation on the West Coast. Ohmer, and his brother-in-law, the late Karl Sifferman, began this business in 1916, initially shipping product [whole shrimp] to Seattle for processing.
As we began, we are still today a small, family-type business.” I later learned that two present employees, “Mama” and “Papa” Kaino, had been employed at Alaskan Glacier Seafoods for more than a half century.), in his opinion, “is a bit more tasty than the outside-waters variety.
All indications lead us to believe that the town of Petersburg was the first permanent settlement ever constructed on the island.
There are many fish trap sites filled with artifacts and middens, some dating back 2000 years or more, but there is no evidence of a permanent village site.
By: Kathi Riemer The shores of Mitkof Island were pretty quiet for millennia.
Nobody is quite sure why it was never settled by the Native people in the region, but theories abound.However,” said Dave, “the quality of our product is primarily due to our schedule and method of processing.Our stress is not on quantity, but on the production of a high-quality product.By 1910, the Icy Straits Cannery had been purchased by the Pacific Packing and Navigation Company in 1901 and the Pacific Coast and Norway Packing Company in 1906.
In 1918, after going through bankruptcy proceedings, the Norway Packing Company reorganized as the Petersburg Packing Company, with Oscar Nicholson as superintendent.Being employed as a commercial fisherman, I had been in and out of Petersburg for several years.