Some prior posts had mention the loss of some 4000 foreign seafood processing jobs due to changes in the management of the J-1 program. This change takes effect in Nov. 2012 so this season's work isn't impacted.
I found this interesting article on the J-1 impact: http://www.anchoragepress.com/news/s...9bb2963f4.html
According to the article, in response to the changes Copper River Seafoods stated that "the company was already on its way to an overall long-term strategy of automating its plants and expanding local hire". More local hiring and automation of the grueling repetitous tasks is what the seafood processing in Alaska desperately needs - thanks and a round of appaulse to Copper River Seafoods!
However, it is depressing to see that many of the other major seafood processors had no response to the J-1 changes- "Telephoned media requests to Icicle Seafoods, Trident Seafoods and North Pacific Seafoods were left multiple times from July 2 through July 17, with no response."
It will be interesting to see how this all pans out next year. Perhaps the seafood processors will be forced to raise wages and hire more Alaskans like Copper River Seafoods is doing. Regualtions and management CAN be a good thing.