Wildfish Cannery

  On Prince of Wales Island, Mathew Scaletta, Director of Facilities and Operations of Wildfish Cannery, works with fishermen to smoke and can their best catch. Photo by Bethany Goodrich.

On Prince of Wales Island, Mathew Scaletta, Director of Facilities and Operations of Wildfish Cannery, works with fishermen to smoke and can their best catch. Photo by Bethany Goodrich.

 

Sea. Smoke. Steam.

Down a narrow side street in Klawock, Mathew Scaletta runs Wildfish Cannery, a culinary legacy that he inherited from his grandmother. For more than 30 years, Wildfish Cannery has been Southeast Alaska’s premier community-focused seafood processor; smoking, canning, and butchering fish for the local commercial, sport, and subsistence fishing communities since 1987. With his background as a chef, Scaletta takes great pride in working closely with fishermen to preserve their best catch. As their website announces simply: “We can Salmon. And we are good at it,” but that’s not all they do. In addition to selling their own products, Wildfish also offers custom processing for local and visiting fishermen and is looking into expanding their product lines.

 
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Partnership with Spruce Root

In 2017, Wildfish Cannery was a finalist in Spruce Root’s Path to Prosperity business competition. They participated in the annual intensive business Boot Camp weekend and worked with Spruce Root’s business coaches to develop and refine their business plan, budget, and financial structure.