Sea Cucumber Season

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A deskhand watches as a sack of sea cucumbers are lifted from the F/V Spryden at Alaska Glacier Seafoods on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Sea cucumbers are offloaded for processing at Alaska Glacier Seafoods on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Fisherman Travis Easlon of the F/V Spryden, talks about diving for sea cucumbers while making a delivery to Alaska Glacier Seafoods on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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While most sea cucumbers are skinned during processing some are cooked whole at Alaska Glacier Seafoods on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Sea cucumbers skins are salted during processing at Alaska Glacier Seafoods on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Sea cucumber meat flows to a collection basket during processing at Alaska Glacier Seafoods on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Baskets of sea cucumber meat is collected during processing at Alaska Glacier Seafoods on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Sea cucumbers are cut open and the meat scraped out during processing at Alaska Glacier Seafoods on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Sea cucumbers are cut open and the meat scraped out during processing at Alaska Glacier Seafoods on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Sea cucumbers are processed at Alaska Glacier Seafoods on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Sea cucumbers are cut open and the meat scraped out during processing at Alaska Glacier Seafoods on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Sea cucumbers are offloaded for processing at Alaska Glacier Seafoods on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Sea cucumbers are offloaded for processing at Alaska Glacier Seafoods on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Sea cucumbers are offloaded for processing at Alaska Glacier Seafoods on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

Description

Inside the processing plant at Alaska Glacier Seafood (AGS), plant manager Nick Segel held out a slimy, gelatinous sea creature about the size and shape of a pickle. The cylindrical bottom-dweller has little bumps — like nascent horns — running up and down its body.

Brown and alien-like, it’s not exactly appetizing. But despite appearances, Segal says sea cucumbers are delicious, especially the skin.

“It actually tastes really good, kind of like a mild mushroom,” he said. “It goes well in a lot of soups and stews, stuff like that.”

You won’t find sea cucumbers on many Alaska dinner tables, but this time of year, the animal is a boon for fishermen and processors. Prices for their skins will sell for between $20 and $30 per pound this season, Segel said, making it one of AGS’ most expensive products on a per pound basis.

Read more here: http://juneauempire.com/news/local/2017-10-23/sea-cucumbers-are-boon-local-seafood-processor

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