It seems the Alaska State Ferry runs from Kodiak and Southcentral before the legislative session are forcing canneries to leave a lot of fish sitting in refrigerated vans for extended periods.
“Apparently they had 18 to 20 vans of fish on generators waiting for the ferries to come back. So that is problematic for commerce in Kodiak,” said Kodiak Representative Louise Stutes.
“When the ferries leave Kodiak to head down to Juneau, they fill up. They go from Kodiak to Whittier and then down to Juneau and they pick up all the cars and the legislators. And they make three trips. And the problem is of course, there’s no pick up of our fish that are in the vans going over to Homer during that period.”
Stutes says she’s meeting with Marine Highway officials to see about tweaking the schedule slightly in the future.
“So I’m in the process of trying of trying to, along with, like I said Capt. Falvey and Executive Director down here in Juneau Pam Varney, setting the schedule just a little bit different. So after the first trip from Kodiak to Whittier to Juneau, there will be a couple of days where they can go from Kodiak to Homer and facilitate taking the vans of fish over to Homer. And then come back and make their second trip down to Juneau. So I’m pretty excited about helping. It’s really exciting to be part of a solution.”
House District 32 Representative Louise Stutes of Kodiak.