21st Annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood

Since 1994, the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation has conducted the Alaska Symphony of Seafood celebrating creative and innovative seafood products by bringing together many exciting food ideas before a distinguished panel of judges who represent various market segments related to the seafood industry. For more details on the 21st Annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood click here. … 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


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


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 »

MSC Certification Update – September 2012


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 »

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 »

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

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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 »

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 »