Your Support Needed for Saltonstall-Kennedy Act Revision

We wanted to make sure that folks in the commercial fishing industry were aware that there is currently a Saltonstall-Kennedy Revision sponsored by Senators John Kerry and Olympia Snowe that has been stuck in the Commerce, Justice and State appropriations bill. This should be on everyone in the industry’s radar, and we ask that you educate yourself as to the content of the language and then … 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 »

Member Spotlight: Ian Fisk

Vital Statistics Age: 41 Place of Birth: Anchorage Home: Juneau Family: Wife, Shannen and 2-year old son, Kai. Father, Greg Fisk of Juneau, mother Madeleine Lefebvre of Juneau Education: Bachelors of Science in Geography, University of Oregon, 1996 Occupation: Tenderman, shrimp catcher-processor, coastal advocate/lobbyist How did you get involved in the seafood industry? Right … Read More »

Premier Conference on Nutrition and Fats to meet in Vancouver BC this May

The premier, international conference of the Society of Fatty Acids and Lipids happens every 2 years in various cities around the world.  This year the conference is taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 26 – 30, 2012. At this meeting, you have the unique opportunity to learn from the scientists who are conducting leading-edge research in nutrition and fatty acids.  New findings in … Read More »

2012/2013 Alaska Symphony of Seafood

This year’s 19th Annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood was a huge success by any measure: attendance, ticket sales, industry support through sponsorships, number of product entries and marketing exposure. In short, it was the “best ever” based on many attendees comments. The Symphony’s winning products were a big hit at the International Boston Seafood Show; these included the Grand Prize winner, … Read More »

MSC Salmon Program Press Release

 January 17, 2012 Press Release AFDF has received letters from eight major primary salmon processors advising AFDF they are phasing out their financial support for the Marine Stewardship Council salmon certification program. Collectively these processors account for approximately 72% of the Alaska salmon harvest. They have given us notice they will support the MSC program for Alaska salmon … Read More »

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 »