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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.
In 1899 the Icy Straight Packing Company was built on the northern shore of Mitkof Island with money from people who had invested in his other operations.
Peter Buschmann needed a workforce so he sent word to Norway and friends and relatives showed up to work.
He operated the cannery until 1933 when it was sold to Pacific American Fisheries.
In 1965, Bob Thorstenson organized a group of Petersburg residents and fishermen to purchase the cannery from PAF.
Before the introduction of mechanical peeling machines [in the early 1950s], all shrimp were hand peeled.
Machines proved to be far more economical to operate and had a tremendous capacity.
However, I only met Dave Ohmer, owner/manager of Alaskan Glacier Seafoods in November 1975, well after the rush of the fishing season had ended.
By: Kathi Riemer The shores of Mitkof Island were pretty quiet for millennia.
Mitkof Island was a great little spot for summer visitors, people interested in catching life sustaining fish, but the island never caught on as a place to set down roots. Petersburg, Alaska is a small town on the northern tip of Mitkof Island.
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.