Seafood industry coordinator in Dillingham to recruit workers

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2002

DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Gearing up for the upcoming fishing season, the state seafood industry coordinator was in Dillingham this week to recruit workers for seafood businesses.

Penelope Goforth of the sate Department of Labor and Workforce Development is recruiting for seafood industry jobs in Bristol Bay and elsewhere in Alaska.

Goforth works with 13 seafood employment specialists across the state to hire workers for about 60 employers. Companies list available jobs through a state program called Traveling Seafood Workforce.

Other specialists help workers find more work as their contracts expire, Goforth said.

The program helped place about 5,000 workers last year in fisheries across Alaska. Goforth said she expects that number to grow by at least 500, despite nine plant closings.

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