Homer, Alaska, “Where the Land Ends and the Sea Begins” is located on the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, 225 miles south of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. Homer is nestled in the heart of Kachemak Bay surrounded by pristine mountains and glaciers of the Kenai Range. One very unique feature here is the famous Homer Spit, a 4.5-mile strip of land that juts out into the middle of Kachemak Bay. At the end of The Spit you will find the Homer Office of Icicle Seafoods, Inc., the Homer small boat harbor, and boardwalks lined with quaint tourist shops, restaurants, and charter fishing offices. The Homer harbor accommodates over 700 commercial, sport and personal use vessels. Thus the fishing industry has a long, solid history in Homer and is an integral part of this small community of approximately 4,000 year round inhabitants.

Icicle Seafoods, Inc. established its operations in Homer in 1976. During the 1970’s the Homer Plant processed crab, shrimp, halibut, black cod, herring, and salmon. It was basically a year-round operation, employing hundreds of seasonal and non-seasonal workers. With the changes in fishing regulations and the decline of resources, by the mid 1980’s Homer was operating closer to six months a year during the herring and salmon seasons, hiring between 200 and 250 seasonal workers. During the summer season the Icicle property at the end of The Spit was a colorful array of tents that housed our many workers, who were affectionately termed “Spit Rats.” Unfortunately, on July 1, 1998 a fire destroyed the Homer Plant. Although this has changed the face of our operation, Icicle Seafoods, Inc. still plays a strong and vital role in the Cook Inlet commercial fishing industry. We maintain salmon buying stations throughout Upper and Lower Cook Inlet in Homer, Ninilchik, Coho, Salamatoff, and Kasilof. Icicle Seafood’s Homer location purchases a significant portion of the halibut and black cod that are delivered to the Homer dock. Homer, Alaska is considered to be the “Halibut Capital of the World”, whether referring to commercial or sport fishing. The largest percentages of IFQ landings (halibut and black cod) for the state of Alaska are delivered in Homer. (www.fakr.noaa.gov)

Homer is a wonderful place to visit. It is known for its breathtaking beauty, hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, and friendly, small town atmosphere. If you would like to know more about Homer, please investigate the following sites.