National Geographic : 1979 Feb
Caviar for the Orient, tons of fresh salmon roe are packaged for Japan in the New En gland Fish Company cannery at Uganik on Kodiak Island (left). Brought to Alaska for the six-week salmon season, Japanese techni cians (below) assure that workers-many of whom are college students from Seattle grade and pack the eggs properly. Cured and preserved with salt (above), much of the roe is airfreighted to Tokyo, where it is a delicacy retailing for as much as $32 a pound. As in the Alaskan lumber industry, the Japanese con trol a significant share of the gulf's fish processing industry, including more than half the capacity on Kodiak Island.