On the Prowl

FV Arctic Prowler

F/V Arctic Prowler (136’ x 41’ x 26’) is being constructed at the Ketchikan shipyard by Alaska Ship and Drydock (ASD), a Vigor Industries newsletter says.  This will join the freezer/longline fleet for Alaska Longline Company when completed. John Winther, a strong supporter of AFDF and the Alaska Symphony of Seafood is the owner of the company, formerly known as Prowler Fisheries LLC. The new … Read More »

New Commercial Fisheries in the Arctic?

Arctic globe

AFDF is interested in the Arctic as a place to develop new commercial fisheries for the Alaska fishing industry.  AFDF believes it is the appropriate organization to collaborate with researchers, policy makers and industry in an effort to develop these new resources. AFDF staff has been monitoring policy and research developments and had discussions with several key policy makers regarding its … Read More »

Renew Your AFDF Membership for 2013 or Become a Member

Member support of AFDF is an integral part of the only statewide organization which focuses on research and development issues for the seafood industry.  You can renew membership or become a new member by contacting the AFDF office at 907-276-7315, or by filling out an Online Membership Form. Since 1978, AFDF has served Alaska’s seafood industry by playing a critical role in the progress and … Read More »

20th Anniversary of Alaska Symphony of Seafood: Call for Sponsors

ASOS 20th logo

AFDF is proud to announce the 2013 Alaska Symphony of Seafood (ASOS) which marks the 20th anniversary of this unique event.  The Symphony is a competition for new commercial-ready products made from Alaska seafood in three categories. The ASOS was created to encourage new product development from seafood harvested in Alaska.  During its 20-year existence, over 350 unique products have been … Read More »

Fishing Vessel Energy Audit Pilot Project – Helping You Save Money!


As a part of a continuing efforts to reduce energy consumption and costs for Alaskans, the State of Alaska appropriated $250,000 to AFDF to implement a fishing vessel energy audit pilot project.  AFDF will be collaboratively working with the University of Alaska’s Marine Advisory Program (MAP) and a stakeholder Steering Committee in order to be successful in developing a useful tool for the … Read More »

Fishing Vessel Energy Audit Pilot Program


The Alaska Legislature recently appropriated funds to AFDF to create a fishing vessel energy audit pilot program.   Although the Governor still has to approve the budget, AFDF is hopeful the funding will remain in place, because the program is perfectly aligned with the state’s goal to increase energy efficiency 15% statewide by 2020.  The State of Alaska already has voluntary energy audit … 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 »

MSC Certification Update – May 2012


Pacific Cod Certification Update AFDF is currently preparing the client report for the 2nd Annual Surveillance Audit for the Marine Stewardship Council’s certification of sustainability for Pacific cod.  More than 20 companies participate to support the certification effort, and AFDF has been successful at maintaining the client requirements, and closing out the conditions on schedule according … Read More »

Premier Conference on Nutrition and Fats to meet in Vancouver BC this May

ISSFAL 2012 Logo

The premier, international conference of the Society of Fatty Acids and Lipids happens every 2 years in various cities around the world.  This year the conference is taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 26 – 30, 2012. At this meeting, you have the unique opportunity to learn from the scientists who are conducting leading-edge research in nutrition and fatty acids.  New findings in … Read More »

2012/2013 Alaska Symphony of Seafood

Sammy the Salmon

This year’s 19th Annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood was a huge success by any measure: attendance, ticket sales, industry support through sponsorships, number of product entries and marketing exposure. In short, it was the “best ever” based on many attendees comments. The Symphony’s winning products were a big hit at the International Boston Seafood Show; these included the Grand Prize winner, … Read More »