Current Projects

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

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

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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 »

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

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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 »

Fishing Vessel Energy Audits Completed

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In 2012, AFDF received a grant from the Alaska Legislature for a Fishing Vessel Energy Audit Pilot Project. The goal of the project is to help commercial fishermen better understand energy usage on their vessels in order to better inform decisions on energy efficiency improvements. In 2013, Mike Gaffney, a vessel engineer from Alaris Companies, completed twelve energy audits on various fishing … Read More »

Pacific cod sustainability certification underway

AFDF remains the client for the MSC sustainability certification of the P-cod fishery. The 4th annual survellience audit and the 5-year re-certification is scheduled for completion by January, 2015. AFDF contracted with MRAG of Americas as the auditor, and collected the voluntary industry fees for the cost of the certification. The site visit occurred in late May in conjunction with the site visit … Read More »

Winners of the 2014 Alaska Symphony of Seafood – Tilgner’s Ruby Red Smoked Sockeye

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AFDF announced the winners of the Alaska Symphony of Seafood - an annual contest for new products made from Alaska seafood. The competition enlists chefs and industry experts to pick the best new seafood products each year. The winners were announced at the Gala Soiree in Anchorage on February 13, 2014, where contestants, industry representatives, media and attendees gathered to celebrate and … Read More »

Alaska Mariculture Initiative: Grow a $1 billion industry in 30 years

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NOAA has recommended that AFDF receive a Saltonstall-Kennedy grant for the Alaska Mariculture Initiative. The Initiative will expedite the development of the mariculture industry in Alaska through a strategic planning process. The vision of the Initiative is to grow a $1 billion industry in thirty years. For more information, view the concept paper. … Read More »