Alaska seafood companies looking to hire thousands of processing workers for the approaching summer salmon season are facing a labor crisis of unprecedented proportions: workers are hard to find, and wages for those that do show up this summer will be higher than ever before.

"There’s clearly a lack of domestic workers that want to work in seafood processing in Alaska," Jon Hickman, vice president of operations for Peter Pan Seafoods, told IntraFish.

"All seafood processors are facing the same situation, and are finding it nearly impossible to fill plants with folks."