The Promise of the Arctic

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When: May 29 & 30, 2013 Where: Bell Harbor Convention Center – Seattle The economic potential of the Arctic is one of the ‘hottest’ topics on the national—and international—economic agenda. But what is the true potential? The Promise of the Arctic is a policy-driven conference that seeks to explore the opportunities—and honestly expose the challenges—of the harsh Arctic environment. The … Read More »

MSC Certification Update – April 2013

Pacific Cod Certification Update Dear AFDF P cod working group, We are in preparation for the 3rd Annual Surveillance Audit for Marine Stewardship Council’s certification of sustainability for the Pacific cod fishery in Alaska. One of the steps in preparation is collecting the pro rata shares from the participating primary processors and fishing groups that are supporting the … Read More »

20th Anniversary Alaska Symphony of Seafood Winners of New Products Contest

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Copper River Seafoods wins with their Zesty Grill Sockeye Salmon ANCHORAGE (Feb. 24, 2013) — The 20th Anniversary Alaska Symphony of Seafood announced today the winners of its annual New Products Contest judging event held in Seattle. The competition enlists chefs and industry experts to pick the best new seafood products each year. The winners were announced Saturday at the Gala Soiree in … Read More »

WANTED: Vessel Owners & Energy Auditors for Fishing Vessel Energy Audit Pilot Project

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The high cost of fuel is a challenge that affects the entire seafood industry. Over 8,000 commercial fishing vessels are licensed in Alaska. The operation of fishing vessels accounts for a large percentage of the fuel consumption in the seafood industry. This is a significant area to target for energy efficiency and fuel savings. In response to high fuel costs, the Alaska Fisheries Development … Read More »

NanoICE: Icelandic Invention Invades Alaska!

Methods for chilling fish have essentially been a progression of better ice products… from block ice to flake ice, from refrigerated seawater to slurry ice.  Now an invention from Icelandis poised to make its debut in Alaska, and the potential it holds for the industry is off-the-charts. The fundamental difference is that the ice particles are considerably smaller... several hundred of them … Read More »

Executive Director’s Update – September 2012

AFDF has a big sister organization; it’s a big sister because it was chartered several months before AFDF back in 1977, and represents 9 states from Virginia to Texas.  It is the Gulf and South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation (GSAFF) and we are the last two remaining fisheries foundations chartered under language in the Fisheries Conservation and Management Act of 1976 (now known as the … 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 »

MSC Certification Update – September 2012

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Dear AFDF P cod working group members, Since it’s time for the Pacific cod “B” season 2012 to start, I wanted to get back with those working group members that work closely with longline and pot fleets in both BSAI and GoA. AFDF has contacted Mr. Kenny Downs, with the Freezer Longline Coalition, and discussed collection of lost gear information for that fishery.  Kenny has proposed some … Read More »

On the Prowl

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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?

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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 »