AK Dept. of Commerce releases new promotion & study

In September, the Alaska Department of Commerce released a new study: Trends and Opportunities in the Alaska Maritime Industrial Support Sector . The study explores the areas with the highest growth potential in the Maritime Industrial Support Sector. The Dept. also created new digital artwork and posters that symbolizes the strong and growing maritime industry in Alaska. The poster also … Read More »

ASMI improves RFM certification

After its last Board meeting, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) announced that it will enhance the Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification program in order to continue to provide the highest assurance that Alaska’s fisheries are responsibly managed. Improvements of the RFM Certification program include the following key areas: governance, fishery applicant, certification … Read More »

Senator Begich’s Bill to Increase Seafood Marketing and Development

Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) plans to introduce legislation to create a national seafood marketing and development effort to increase value and create jobs in the seafood industry.  The proposal was drafted by a nationwide coalition and is supported by 75 fishing groups and others from the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico. The legislation is being finalized and will … Read More »

Your Support Needed for Saltonstall-Kennedy Act Revision

We wanted to make sure that folks in the commercial fishing industry were aware that there is currently a Saltonstall-Kennedy Revision sponsored by Senators John Kerry and Olympia Snowe that has been stuck in the Commerce, Justice and State appropriations bill. This should be on everyone in the industry’s radar, and we ask that you educate yourself as to the content of the language and then … Read More »

From AFDF “Lodestar” Newsletter Archive: What is the Saltonstall-Kennedy Act of 1954?

October 1979 This act directs the Secretary of Agriculture to transfer annually to the Secretary of Commerce, from funds made available under the terms of section 32 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act (7 U.S.C. 612c) an amount equal to 30 percent of the gross receipts from customs duties collected on fisheries products. Such funds are to be maintained in a separate fund and used by the … Read More »