Coastal fishermen are making changes to cope with the loss of the huge Pacific Seafood facility in Warrenton. Fire destroyed it this week.
The Warrenton fire hit fisherman right in the middle of shrimp season, and on the cusp of the lucrative Pacific whiting season. Pacific Seafoods has its office and ice facility back online, and is accepting a limited number of vessels. Others are being diverted to other facilities along the coast.
Bill Hunsinger is a commercial fisherman, and a commissioner for the Port of Astoria. He says that’s good, but the extra miles will cost some fishermen money.
“Fuel costs, plus running time, plus you know, the guy’s not coming back home delivering his fish, and getting his supplies in his own area.”
The loss of the facility will mean some loss of Port revenues too, in gas and moorage fees that will be spent elsewhere.
Pacific Seafood will lease a temporary facility in Astoria to continue processing. A company spokeswoman says they hope it will be up and running on June 15.