Message from the Executive Director

January marked two years since I became AFDF’s Executive Director. Over these past two years, the AFDF Board and staff have grown the organization’s work. I am pleased to report on the following eight projects listed below: Alaska Symphony of Seafood – 2016 Alaska Mariculture Initiative Fishing Vessel Energy Efficiency Project – Phase II RFM certification of Alaska salmon RFM … Read More »

Message from the Executive Director, Julie Decker

Fall season is here, which means “meeting season” is also here for the seafood industry. In the month of September, I attended the following meetings on behalf of AFDF: Southeast Conference, Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association, United Fishermen of Alaska, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Alaska Chamber, Alaska Sea Grant Advisory Committee, and the Industry Advisory Committee of the … Read More »

Time to Execute the Plan

One of my favorite quotes from Henry Ford is, “Vision without execution is just hallucination.” Now that we have a vision – the Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan – it is time to begin executing the plan. On September 25, the Industry Advisory Committee which provides input into this plan met and discussed how to begin implementation of the Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan. … 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 »

Executive Director’s Update – September 2012

AFDF has a big sister organization; it’s a big sister because it was chartered several months before AFDF back in 1977, and represents 9 states from Virginia to Texas.  It is the Gulf and South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation (GSAFF) and we are the last two remaining fisheries foundations chartered under language in the Fisheries Conservation and Management Act of 1976 (now known as the … 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 »

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 »