National Fisherman

Two pallets packed with 4,000 pounds of canned wild Alaska salmon are en route from Seattle for distribution in Cordova, thanks to the combined efforts of fish harvesters, processors, transporters and the Seattle-based nonprofit SeaShare.

It's all part of an ongoing effort by SeaShare, in cooperation with commercial fisheries and affiliated industries to feed people in need all over Alaska, as well as the Lower 48 states.

The pallets will be delivered to the Salvation Army in Cordova, where Lt. Robbin Swales will oversee distribution of the cans into food boxes to Cordova residents, as well as to clergy for delivery to individual homes, Swales said.

The idea for the distribution of the canned salmon in Cordova began in mid-November, when Jerry McCune, president of Cordova District Fishermen United, contacted Jim Harmon, executive director of SeaShare, to find out what seafood was available for donation and to coordinate with the Salvation Army in Cordova.

While the seafood itself is donated by a number of processors in Alaska, as well as elsewhere in the United States, the cost of processing and transporting the fish to communities in need is significant. To cover those costs, SeaShare and entities wishing to receive the donated fish work together to involve additional donors of money and services.

Read the full story at the Cordova Times>>

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