is a small village of just over 100 inhabitants located in the north-east
portion of the Alaskan Peninsula. The village of Egegik was established at the mouth of the Egegik
River on the southern bank in the late 1800's. Similar to the neighboring
city of Naknek, the climate in Egegik
can be very extreme, with summer temperatures ranging between forty-four
to sixty-five degrees Fahrenheit and winter temperatures dipping as
low as twenty-four degrees Fahrenheit below zero and rising to as high
as forty degrees above zero.
During the months of June and July each summer,
the Egegik fishing district is a prime location to harvest an abundance of sockeye
salmon traveling through Bristol Bay to spawn in the
In 2001, the official population of Egegik was 116 people. During the
salmon season, the population can swell to over 2,000 people when including
fishermen and cannery workers. The Egegik economy, is primarily
dependent on commercial fishing and fish processing.
The first commercial salmon facility to be built in
Egegik was a saltery established by the Alaska Packers Association in 1895.
In the early 1930s, H.N. Evans built another saltery on the current Alaska
General Seafoods (AGS) site. In the early 1940s Evans sold the saltery
to Lloyd Tyo, and soon after, Tyo joined with Jack Hanover, Walt Peterson
and the San Juan Fish Packing Co. to build a cannery on the site. In
the early 1960s the San Juan Fish Packing Co. sold the facility to the
New England Fish Co. (NEFCO). NEFCO operated the facility until the
late 1970s, after which time Ocean Beauty purchased the operation. Ocean Beauty
eventually partnered with the Diamond E
operation (also located in Egegik) and moved the canning lines from
the Ocean Beauty plant to the Diamond E plant. Ocean Beauty converted
the facility to a fish camp. In 1986 Nelbro Packing Co. purchased the
facility and continued to operate it as fish camp. A new bunkhouse and
warehouse were built by Nelbro to accommodate the growing fishing fleet.
In 1999, Kanaway Seafoods purchased the assets of Nelbro Packing Co.
and operates the Egegik fish camp under the trade name Alaska General Seafoods.
The AGS fish camp provides housing, messhall, boat storage and
repair services to its independent fishing fleet.