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The rich supply of healthy fishing grounds in the Gulf of Alaska provides Kodiak an ideal location. Salmon fishery has been the mainstay of Kodiak since the late 1800's. All five species of salmon (Chinook, Chum, Coho, Pink and Sockeye) are fished from Kodiak waters.
Red King Crab took the spotlight in the 60's and 70's when the salmon fishery was rebuilding from previous years of overfishing. When the crab fishery was closed in 1983, other markets emerged, including halibut, pacific cod, polluck and sole.
In the late 1980's the groundfish fishery for Pollock and cod was born and in 1991 it ranked first in value of all the fish landed in Kodiak. Halibut and Tanner crab are also very important. Other fisheries include herring, scallop, sea urchin, shrimp, Dungeness crab, brown king crab and octopus.
Today close to 800 commercial fishing vessels make Kodiak their home port. The Fishery Industrial Technology Center and the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center both support and regulate the fishing industry along with extensive international, national and state regulations.
Kodiak is home to several land-based seafood processors and distributors. They employ a large labor force to handle the large volume of seafood product leaving the port of Kodiak and heading to market.
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The United States Coast Guard station is located on Women's Bay (just south of town) and is the largest in the country. There are an estimated 2500 people stationed at the Coast Guard base.Besides the many rescue operations conducted each year by the Coast Guard, communications navigational support marine safety and training are also a part of their mission.