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What is Processing?

Processing is defined in regulation by ADF&G, DOR, DEC, and NMFS. The different managing agencies define processing very similarly, but there are a few differences.

Processing includes:

photo of processing plant

  • Cooking/Steaming
  • Canning
  • Smoking
  • Salting/Brining (wet or dry)
  • Drying
  • Freezing
  • Heading (DOR only)
  • Packaging (DOR)
  • Butchering (DOR & DEC)
  • Shucking (DOR & DEC)
  • Pickling (DOR & DEC)
  • Retort Thermal (DOR & DEC)
  • Roe Recovery (DEC only)

Gutting, gilling, or icing are not considered processing. Heading shrimp is not considered processing.