Petersburg, reported to be one of SE Alaska’s
most productive fishing ports, is very active and D Dock in Petersburg’s South Harbor vividly illustrates
this fact. D dock is packed with seine boats and fish tenders - when they
are in port on the days in between openings.
This same dock looks deserted when the commercial fishing boats are
away, busy fishing or traveling on days when there is a scheduled opening..
Other docks in Petersburg's South, Middle and North Harbors hold more of
the fishing fleet, and their routine comings and goings vary. Seiners, Longliners,
Gill-netters, Trollers, Crabbers and Dive fisheries (sea urchin harvesters,
etc.) fish different openings - for different species - on different schedules - or according
to IQRs (individually regulated quotas). It sounds complicated.
Charter boats, cruise boats and larger visiting yachts often fill
some of the empty D Dock slots for a night or two on a temporary basis, but it’s
evident that Petersburg's working harbors are homeport to a large, successful and varied
The local visitor’s guide notes the following fish-related factoids for Petersburg Borough's population of 3,273:
Lots of interesting Petersburg facts, but we enjoy the town for the setting and the wonderful welcoming people.
- Petersburg is home port to 591 commercial fishing vessels.
- Petersburg fishermen hold over 1000 fishing permits for a
variety of fisheries conducted statewide.
- Fishing is the economic force that drove the creation of
Petersburg and continues to be a driving force in today’s economy.
- According to a 2012 survey, Petersburg generated $50,000,000
in fish landings, the 20th most in the nation.
- The community is ranked 24th in millions of
pounds landed with 52 million pounds landed.
- The town’s seafood processors employ a total of about 1,100
people during a busy summer season.