Aleutians West Census Area

The Port of Dutch Harbor, located in the Aleutians West Census Area, is the largest fishing port in the United States in terms of volume, and second largest in terms of value. Salmon, crab, pollock, halibut, rockfish, and other species are harvested by both local and non-resident fishermen and processed at shore-based plants as well as aboard floating processors. The region's pollock fishery is not only the largest fishery in Alaska, but also the largest in the world in terms of volume. Much of the pollock harvest is converted to surimi, and marketed as imitation crab. In 2001, seafood-processing jobs directly accounted for 62 percent of the area's private sector wage and salary employment. Dutch Harbor, (located within the City of Unalaska), is located on Unalaska Island and is the center of the areaís population and economic activity, which is based on commercial fishing and seafood processing. Unalaska is also the area's transportation hub, with regular scheduled service to Anchorage and connections to other Aleutian communities.