Current Projects

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 »