Salmon roe processing technicians Diego Ruzbarrio, left, and Sawada Kuzuhiro pick out impurities from salmon eggs and package them in preparation for transport to Japan. "Thank God for Douglas Island Pink and Chum (hatchery). That's what is creating all this activity. Without them it would be pretty quiet here," said Mike Erickson, CEO of Alaska Glacier Seafoods. According to company data, last year Alaska produced 23 million pounds of salmon roe. The average wholesale value last year was $5.25 per pound.
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