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Southeast town hopes seafood plant takeover will boost economy

BOB HALLINEN / Daily News archive photo

The Southeast Alaska town of Pelican has won possession of a closed seafood plant in a foreclosure case, and now it's looking for grants to get the place up and running again "to get the [fishing] fleet in here," Mayor Patricia Phillips told CoastAlaska radio (via APRN). The plant has an ice machine, refrigeration facilities and a laundromat that could bring commercial fisherman into port for stopovers, she said. The 60-year-old Pelican Seafoods plant was the biggest business in the tiny community 70 miles west of Juneau, and owner Ed Bahrt & Associates LLC owed $40,000 in back taxes. Read more about the long, sad saga of Pelican Seafoods and the town's worries about its economic future in this 2009 Juneau Empire report.