AFDF Member Spotlight: Jim Beaton

Read article "A man for all seasons" about Jim Beaton. For his LinkedIn profile click here. … Read More »

AFDF Member Spotlight: Al Burch

Al Burch received the prestigious Walter J. and Ermalee Hickel Lifetime Achievement Award. The late Governor Walter J. Hickel and his wife Ermalee endowed this award for 10 years to recognize an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the management of Alaska’s coastal and ocean resources over a period of 20 years or more. Starting as a shrimp dragger in Seward, Al Burch has fished … Read More »

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 »

Renew Your Membership for 2020 or Become a New Member

Member support of AFDF is an integral part of the only statewide organization which focuses on research and development issues for the seafood industry. You can renew membership or become a new member by contacting the AFDF office at 907-276-7315, or by filling out an Online Membership Form. Since 1978, AFDF has served Alaska’s seafood industry by playing a critical role in the progress and … Read More »

AFDF Member Spotlight: Jan Jacobs

Jan Jacobs, Director of Government Affairs Vital Statistics: Place of Birth: Van Nuys, California Family Status: Married 40 years, 2 sons, 3 grandchildren Degree: BS in Oceanography - Humboldt State University (California) Employer: American Seafoods since 1989 Occupation: Director of Government Affairs AFDF Member: 14 years Jan Jacobs has been an active participant in the seafood industry … 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 »