Cruise Ship Summer Call Vital For Larsen Bay Alaska 87 Residents

Cruise Ship Summer Call Larsen Bay Alaska Population 87
Cruise Ship Summer Call Larsen Bay Alaska Population 87
Silver Explorer Alaska
Silver Explorer Alaska

Silversea Cruises ship Silver Explorer, will call this summer on Thursday, August 23, 2018 to the tiny village of Larsen Bay (see video playlist below) on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Larsen Bay, population 87 is located in the United States at at 57.536651, -153.991440.

Silver Explorer which is a  Swedish/Finnish Ice Class ship holds 132 passengers and 115 crew, bringing 247 people to this village of 87. The cruise ship call will create a population explosion, which may very well be a desperately needed breath of life for this rapidly dwindling, village.

Silver Explorer will arrive at 7:30 in the morning and depart at 6:00 that evening as one stop on a Silver 12-Day Alaska Cruise. This will give passengers time to take an airplane excursion, fishing excursion or even tour the Icicle Seafoods  plant, as seen in the videos below. Just be sure to book it ahead of time and plan your day in port to do everything you choose.

Alaska Mountain Goat
Alaska Mountain Goat

The wildlife in Larsen Bay is amazing. Larsen Bay is surrounded by Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, the 2,812-square-mile preserve that covers two-thirds of Kodiak Island. The refuge is home to more than 200 different species and 600 breeding pairs of bald eagles. You may also catch a glimpse of seals, puffins, sea lions, snowshoe hare, mountain goat, Sitka black-tailed deer, Arctic ground squirrel, Roosevelt elk, muskrat, red squirrel, beaver, Kodiak brown bear, red fox, short-tailed weasel, little brown bat, tundra vole and river otter.

The description for the cruise says, “Leaving the Russian Far East, travel to Alaska as never before, observing seals, sealions and sensational land and seascapes along the way. Enjoy the legendary ornithology at Cape Kuyveveen and in the Pribiloffs and Aleutians, relax in the hot springs of Proliv Senyavina, and observe astonishing geology formed by aeonian stratas of time.”

Larsen Bay Census
Larsen Bay Census

About Larsen Bay

As of the census of 2000, there were 115 people, 40 households, and 26 families residing in the city.  The population density  in 2000, was 21.1 people per square mile. There were 70 housing units at an average density of 12.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 78.26% Native American (Alutiiq) 20.87% White and 0.87% from two or more races.

The town has been an Alutiiq village for centuries and drew nationwide attention in 1991 when the Smithsonian Institution returned the remains of 756 Alutiiq people.  Reinterred in a mass grave, the burial marked the largest repatriation of Native remains ever conducted by the Smithsonian.

While the population increasing grew from 1940 to 1980, it began decreasing in 1990. From 2000 to 2010 the town population made the largest decline to date. The population as of 2010 had decrease by 24.3 percent losing 28 residents and is now only 87 residents.

Silver Explorer 12 Day Alaska Cruise
Silver Explorer 12 Day Alaska Cruise

There were 40 households out of which 42.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.0% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.54.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,833, and the median income for a family was $30,000. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $50,625 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,227.

There were 27.3% of families and 20.5% of the population living below the poverty line, including 22.6% of under eighteen and 33.3% of those over 64.

Icicle Seafoods

Icicle Seafoods
Icicle Seafoods

The number one employer is Icicle Seafoods Inc. – Larsen Bay which does seasonal seafood processing in Larsen Bay Alaska. Icicle Seafoods Larsen Bay employs 200 people from the area during fishing season from April to September.

Icicle Seafoods owns and operate 11 fishing boats, onshore plants and processing vessels throughout Alaska. The company  offers  employment opportunities at work locations in Dillingham, Dutch Harbor, Egegik, Homer, Larsen Bay, Naknek, Ninilchik, and Seward.

According to the Alaska.gov website, Icicle Seafoods as a whole has  “employed thousands of seasonal employees, and rely annually on a large full time key staff of managers, engineers, maintenance, and support personnel. 25% of our employees are key staff and they make 46% of our payroll annually.”

There are 11 boats in Icicle’s fishing vessel fleet, which operates predominantly in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska. They range from 103′ to 133′ in length and 850 to 1800 horsepower. Nine of the vessels primarily trawl for pollock and cod. One fishes for crab and the final boat is used exclusively as a tender for salmon, pollock and cod. Larsen Bay Kodiak Island is home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon run.

Alaska Resident Oil Income Explained

Alaska Permanent Fund
Alaska Permanent Fund

The Alaska Permanent Fund is a state-owned investment fund established using oil revenues. It has, since 1982, paid out an annual dividend to every man, woman, and child living in Alaska and is taxable income. In 2015, with oil prices high, the dividend totaled $2,072 per person, or $8,288 for a family of four.

The check for children is typically given to the woman as the “eligible sponsor” in the house, as each Alaska Permanent Fund child application may have only one sponsor, explaining in part, the difference between male and female median incomes. Since 42.5% of residents had children under the age of 18, a lot of the Alaska Permanent Fund goes to the child sponsors.

Larsen Bay School Endangered

Larson Bay School
Larson Bay School

Larsen Bay School located on Main Street, offers a comprehensive kindergarten through twelfth-grade educational program for 17 students, 53% are male.

2015 data indicates that 65% of school’s students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, based on data reported to the government.

A March 9, 2018 report on PBS says Larsen Bay School has just enough students to keep its school doors open, but the loss of just one student could shut it down. Mayor Alice Aga says, “I think if the school closed it really would be like the final blow to Larsen Bay that, you know, we’re really a dying community.”

 

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Video Playlist Larsen Bay, Alaska (10 videos)

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