The City of Kenai Boat Launch into Cook Inlet is photographed May 14, 2020. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

The City of Kenai Boat Launch into Cook Inlet is photographed May 14, 2020. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Copper River Seafoods halting Kenai operations this salmon season

The company salmon cited the fisheries management plan, rising production costs and the poor forecast

Kenai fish processor Copper River Seafoods announced it will not operate on the Kenai Peninsula this salmon season, citing fishing industry hardships in the Cook Inlet area.

In a letter posted online, CEO Scott Blake said the company decided not to buy salmon on the peninsula for multiple reasons.

“Due to changes in the Cook Inlet salmon management plan, rising production costs, and the poor forecast, Copper River Seafoods will not be operating during the salmon season on the Kenai Peninsula this year,” he said in the letter.

The processor was started by four Alaska fishermen in 1996, according to the company’s website.

Requests for comment were not returned by Copper River Seafoods by Tuesday afternoon.

The letter stated, however, that another fish processing plant will be taking Copper River Seafoods’ place. Rogue Wave Processing will purchase fish in Kenai, Kasilof and Ninilchik and process the catch at the Kalifornsky Beach Road plant, the company said in the letter.

Copper River Seafoods will still have a presence on the Kenai Peninsula in Homer and Whittier, the letter said, as well as continuing operations in its Cordova, Prince William Sound and Bristol Bay.

“We appreciate your support during our time operating in Kenai,” the CEO said in the letter.

Reach reporter Camille Botello at camille.botello@peninsulaclarion.com.

More in News

A mock-up of an A-Frame property that would be located across the street from the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies Wynn Nature Center and used by the Homer Forest Charter School shows places for classroom yurts, a dormitory and kitchen, a parking area with bus parking and staff housing. The configuration was presented Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board of Education. (Via Homer Forest Charter School presentation to school board)
Efforts to open K-8 nature school in Homer delayed

Charter organizers proposed changing the school’s opening date from 2023 to 2024

Alaska Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai explains the ranked choice voting process as the results are tallied during an Alaska Public Media broadcast, Nov. 23, 2022, at her office in Juneau. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Elections division head to step down Friday

Fenumiai made the decision to retire in September, a division spokesperson said

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID-19 cases continue to spike

Cases rise in Kenai Peninsula Borough for 3rd straight week

Gingerbread houses are displayed at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Gingerbread houses rule

10th annual gingerbread house competition returns to Kenai Chamber of Commerce

Kinley Ferguson tells Santa Claus what she wants for Christmas during Christmas in the Park festivities on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, at Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Christmas in the Park welcomes the holiday season to Soldotna

Santa headlines celebration with caroling, Nativity, cocoa and fireworks

Children decorate Christmas cookies, part of Christmas Comes to Nikiski festivities on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, at Nikiski Community Recreation Center in Nikiski, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Christmas crafts and Santa photos

Nikiski holds start of annual December celebration

A Kenai Peninsula Food Bank truck in the Food Bank parking lot on Aug. 4, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Food Bank fundraiser to auction Legos, offer Santa photos to pets

Bark, Block n’ Bowl will take place on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy, seated left, and Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom sign their oaths of office during the inauguration ceremony, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, in Anchorage, Alaska. Dunleavy, a Republican, last month became the first Alaska governor since Democrat Tony Knowles in 1998 to win back-to-back terms. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Dunleavy, Dahlstrom take oaths of office

Gov. Dunleavy was reelected during the Nov. 8 general election

Most Read