Iceland Ocean Cluster continues to impress:

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The Alaska Division of Economic Development (DED) and the Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC) organized a Trade Mission to Iceland from October 18-23. The trip is a result of the 2014 Innovation Summit, which brought guest speaker Thor Sigfusson, Manager and Founding Director of the Iceland Ocean Cluster, to Juneau to speak about value-added seafood products and the thriving Ocean Cluster … Read More »

Time to Execute the Plan

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One of my favorite quotes from Henry Ford is, “Vision without execution is just hallucination.” Now that we have a vision – the Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan – it is time to begin executing the plan. On September 25, the Industry Advisory Committee which provides input into this plan met and discussed how to begin implementation of the Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan. … Read More »

MSC P-Cod Certification

Bob Trumble of MRAG has filed a “variation request” to extend the P cod certifications until April 24, 2015. This will assure there are no issues with the certification. … Read More »

RFM Certification

At its most recent meeting, the ASMI Board approved all of the recommendations of the RFM Task Force regarding improvements to its Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification. AFDF intends to apply to become a client for RFM certification of both the Pacific cod and salmon fisheries. If ASMI approves AFDF’s applications to become a client for these fisheries, the first step would be … Read More »

AK Dept. of Commerce releases new promotion & study

Maritime

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 »

Alaska Chamber

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

Pacific Marine Expo

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

Mariculture

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

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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

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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 »