National Fisherman

Over 500 lots of seafood processing equipment formerly owned by Adak Seafood will be sold at auction on Tuesday, June 18, starting at 10 a.m. Hawaiian-Aleutian Daylight Time at the Hilton Garden Inn in Anchorage Alaska.


The equipment is located in a recently updated 250,000 square foot state-of-the-art processing facility in Adak, Alaska. Farmington Hills, Mich.-based Hilco Industrial, which conducts 75 machinery and equipment auctions in a wide range of industries annually, will conduct the auction.

Adak Seafood opened originally as Ada Fisheries in Anchorage in 1986. The facility, updated in 2005, is located on the island of Adak, the southernmost city in Alaska near the western end of the Aleutian Islands. The facility processed cod primarily, as well as halibut, blackcod, crab and pollock, Hilco says.

The plant's location is very accessible to the area's many fishermen, Hilco says. The area is one of the largest contributors to the world's supply of Bering Sea crab and pollock.

The equipment offered features nine fish sorting line with conveyors, sorters and 35,000-gallon holding tanks. Nineteen pollock lines also include several heading machines. Multiple crab lines are also available, which include giller stations, cookers, coolers, dip glaze tanks, chillers and an ice flake machine. A cod liver oil processing line, other heading machines, freezers, mixers and generators will also be available.

Interested parties can bid in person or register and participate in the auction in real time using HilCast, a live online and phone bidding system, Hilco says. For those who do not wish to travel to the sale or use the WebCast bidding technology, Hilco will also provide bidders the ability to place bids on each of the lots using a pre-bid submission option. Hilco says it will also provide bulk bidders the ability to purchase all assets in bulk subject to piecemeal bids.

Visit Hilco's auction website for more information or contact Robert Levy, Hilco's managing partner at (248) 254-9999 or email Levy at

Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.

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