Archives for 2011

AFDF Member Spotlight: Al Burch

 Al Burch, AFDF Board Member # 1   ...Decades of service and sage advice "Here's the Marigold, our first commercial shrimp boat," says Al Burch, taking a stroll down Memory Lane in his Kodiak office, cluttered with all manner of memorabilia. "It was built in 1898 as a sailing yacht. It was owned by Rex Beach (author of The Silver Horde) at one time, and silent film actress Clara Bow. … Read More »

Dates for the 19th Annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood Set

        Judging event and reception for our 19th Annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood new products contest will be held in Seattle on Thursday, February 2, 2012, followed by Gala Soirée and Awards Ceremony in Anchorage on Friday, February 10, 2012. The event's multiple locations give fisheries and seafood promoters the opportunity to introduce new and innovative … Read More »

From AFDF “Lodestar” Newsletter Archive: What is the Saltonstall-Kennedy Act of 1954?

October 1979 This act directs the Secretary of Agriculture to transfer annually to the Secretary of Commerce, from funds made available under the terms of section 32 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act (7 U.S.C. 612c) an amount equal to 30 percent of the gross receipts from customs duties collected on fisheries products. Such funds are to be maintained in a separate fund and used by the … Read More »

MSC Certification Updates – December 2011

Salmon Certification Update This is an update on the MSC certification of Alaska salmon assumed by AFDF in February 2010 from Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G). Since that time, AFDF has conducted site visits for the 2nd (2009), 3rd (2010) and 4th (2011) Annual Surveillance Audits (ASA) and has also scheduled the site visit for the 2nd Recertification for January 23rd - 25th, … Read More »

AFDF Seeks Development Director

The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) seeks well qualified applicants for the position of Development Director. AFDF is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit foundation in our 33rd year of working to solve problems and create opportunities in the Alaska seafood industry. The foundation is in need of operational and program funding to secure our financial standing. AFDF also seeks to grow our … Read More »

Message from Executive Director – January 2011

Dear Members and Friends of the Foundation, Back in the mid 1980's, when AFDF was receiving and distributing considerably more federal funding through Saltonstall-Kennedy funds and NOAA earmarks, the foundation published a quarterly newspaper covering the topics of interest to the Alaskan fishing industry.  This was actually a small multipage printed newspaper and took considerable staff time … Read More »