After being cut into pieces, the fish was put into cans at the filling station.
Initially this role was filled by Indigenous and Japanese women who hand-filled the cans. In later years, European women also worked at the filling station. The fastest workers could fill 20 cans per minute or 1800 cans in a ten-hour shift. When filled, the cans were loaded onto trays that fit 12 one-pound or 24 half-pound cans. Trays were placed on the top rack of the filling tables where a supervisor inspected them and punched a ticket to record the number of trays each worker filled during a shift.
Although Automated filling machines were available in the early 1880s, they were not generally used until the 1960s because hand-filling resulted in a more appealing product that was sold for a higher price.