Archives for June 2014

AFDF Member Spotlight: Chris Mierzejek

Chris Mierzejek, Director of Administration Chris Mierzejek is one of the newly appointed board members of AFDF. Chris started work with APICDA in 1998 and has moved up the internal ranks of the company. Chris currently serves as APICDA’s Director of Administration, a position he has held for the past 13 years. In addition to being a long time Alaska resident, Chris commercially fished and … Read More »


The Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association(APICDA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit incorporated in the state of Alaska. Our charitable purpose is to develop stable local economies in our member communities of Akutan, Atka, False Pass, Nelson Lagoon, Nikolski and St. George. Our focus on community development sets us apart from the typical seafood company. The region’s seafood … Read More »

ASMI improves RFM certification

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 »

BioMarine Business Convention: Oct. 30-31, 2014

Recognized as a “broker for investment and innovation in marine bio resources”, this convention is for business executives interested in the following marine industries: food & nutrition, cosmetics, health & pharmacology, cleantech, and marine renewable energy. For more info, check out the program here. … 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

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 »