Alaska’s largest teachers union supports Kodiak crabbers

AK chapter of National Education Association backs crabbers' demand for better Tanner price.

by | January 23, 2023

Filed Under crab | Markets

Standing “in solidarity with the fleet” to secure a fair price

From KMXT/Kodiak by Kirsten Dobroth January 22, 2023

The National Education Association’s Alaska chapter is standing with Kodiak crabbers. That’s according to a letter from NEA-Alaska President Tom Klaameyer to the president of the Kodiak Crab Alliance Cooperative, Luke Lester, and it’s the first statewide organization to formally back the fleet amid price negotiations with local seafood processors.

NEA-Alaska represents 11,000 public school employees in the state; in his letter, Klaameyer said the union supports the crabbers’ “fight to secure a fair price,” and is standing with the fleet “in solidarity until this fight is over.”

Kodiak’s Tanner crab fishery opened on Sunday, Jan. 15 – 193 vessels, including 128 from Kodiak, 14 in Chignik, and 51 from the South Peninsula, are registered for this season, but all of them have been standing down, saying Kodiak canneries’ offer of $2.50 per pound for Tanners ahead of this season was unfair. 

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About Laine

Laine Welch has covered the Alaska fish beat for print and radio since 1988. She also has worked “behind the counter” at retail and wholesale seafood companies in Kodiak and on Cape Cod.


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