Freezer shortage stalls free salmon to Bethel

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2000

BETHEL (AP) -- A shortage of freezer space is stalling the shipment of 48,000 pounds of free salmon to Bethel.

The Association of Village Council Presidents is seeking storage space for the salmon before it's delivered to 14 villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region, according to KYUK in Bethel.

Larry Kalistook, AVCP tribal services specialist, was placing calls and waiting for responses from places like the Coastal Villages Regional Fund, requesting freezer space.

Local airlines are also reluctant to transport the fish, in part because of the annual influx of passengers during dividend time and the risk of spoilage during transport, according to Kalistook.

Once AVCP is ready to receive, store and distribute the salmon to the villages, it will be shipped from a warehouse in Anchorage.

The State of Alaska purchased the fish from Great Pacific Seafoods, using Alaska's Disaster Relief Fund.

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