Alaska Chamber

The Alaska Chamber recently adopted a policy position regarding mariculture sponsored by AFDF and JEDC. The position is titled: Support diversification of Alaska’s economy including development of a robust mariculture industry. Several other policy positions were adopted which are relevant to AFDF members, including support for alternative certification for Alaska seafood, science based ESA … Read More »

Pacific Marine Expo Presentation

For the first time, real energy audits have been conducted on small commercial fishing vessels in Alaska. The results were incorporated into an“Energy Analysis Tool” to be used by fishermen to help analyze energy usage of all systems onboard and potential savings achieved by making operational or equipment changes. During Pacific Marine Expo, an expert vessel engineer (Mike Gaffney of Alaris … Read More »

Alaska Mariculture Initiative (AMI) – Economic Analysis to Inform a Statewide Strategic Plan

Most recent news - Three proposals were received from the following companies: Northern Economics, McDowell Group and Sea Town Marketing. The proposals were reviewed by a panel of experts, and after independents scorings, the top two finalists were interviewed. The AFDF Board awarded the contract to the Northern Economics team, which includes experts from Maine and Washington. The contract is … Read More »

Beyond the Plate – New Category Announced

AFDF announced the 2015 Alaska Symphony of Seafood which will include a new category called “Beyond the Plate” and new venue in Juneau. The new category will broadly include by-products of many types. The definition of a qualified entry for this category is a consumer-ready product that is made with parts of Alaska seafood which would typically be deemed fish waste or a by-product of the primary … Read More »

2015 Alaska Symphony of Seafood

Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) announced today that it will hold the 22nd annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood in 2015. The Alaska Symphony of Seafood is a competition for value added products made from Alaska seafood. The event in 2015 will include two major improvements, including a new location and new product category.   Events in February, 2015 will be held in Seattle, … Read More »

Request for Proposals

Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) has issued the attached RFP for an economic analysis regarding the economic impact of a fully developed mariculture industry in Alaska.  The economic analysis will help inform the decisions to be made in the creation of a statewide strategic plan. Questions, please contact Julie Decker. … 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 »

BioMarine Business Convention: Oct. 30-31, 2014

Recognized as a “broker for investment and innovation in marine bio resources”, this convention is for business executives interested in the following marine industries: food & nutrition, cosmetics, health & pharmacology, cleantech, and marine renewable energy. For more info, check out the program here. … Read More »

Improvements to Symphony considered for 2015

AFDF is considering making changes to the Alaska Symphony of Seafood which will improve the event for both industry participants and the public. Some of the changes under consideration are new categories, new event venues, and additional promotion of winners. If you have any comments or suggestions, please send them to the executive director, Julie Decker. … Read More »

Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan

Alaska’s maritime industry has reached a milestone – the adoption of a workforce development plan. For the first time in Alaska’s history, a partnership of industry, government and educators created a guide to grow the maritime industry through the development of a better and bigger workforce. The plan identifies 23 priority occupations across the four sub-sectors of the maritime industry. … Read More »