Seaweed Farm Start-Ups – Application for Training

The application period for the 2020 Alaska Seaweed Farm Start-ups Training Program is now closed. AFDF and partners will notify applicants of selections by January 15th, 2020 at the latest. Thank you all for your applications and interest, we are truly looking forward to this collaborative program! Please stay tuned and come back to the AFDF website for more updates on the emerging mariculture … Read More »

MSC certification of Alaska salmon

Update as of October 2, 2019 The Alaska salmon fishery originally received the certification of sustainability from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in 2000. On April 23rd, 2019, the Alaska salmon fishery successfully completed the full 5-year re-certification under MSC. The current certificate is valid through November 11th, 2023 (see MSC website for full certificate). On October 1st, 2019, … Read More »

27th Alaska Symphony of Seafood

27th Alaska Symphony of Seafood The Alaska Symphony of Seafood (ASOS) is an annual competition for new commercial-ready products made from Alaska seafood. The goals for the Symphony are to encourage value-added product development, maximize the value of the resource and diversify markets for Alaska seafood. Each product entered in the competition is grouped into one of four categories: Retail, … Read More »

NOAA Fish Fry

NOAA Fish Fry This year, AFDF was invited to participate in the 43rd annual NOAA Fish Fry in Washington DC on June 6th. The NOAA Fish Fry provides an opportunity for representatives of the seafood industry to bring awareness to their local fisheries and issues, while serving seafood to approximately 900 people. AFDF partnered with Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP),  Trident Seafoods and … Read More »

Mariculture Milestones

Mariculture Milestones On August 27th, Alaska reached three milestones in the development of mariculture. Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed two important documents: Administrative Order #297 - which will extend the Mariculture Task Force (Task Force) until 2021, and House Bill #76 - which allows shellfish and seaweed hatcheries to be eligible applicants for the Mariculture Revolving Loan Fund, … Read More »

Seaweed Farming 101

Seaweed Farming 101 AFDF has helped organize and facilitate recent meetings regarding seaweed farming and mariculture development in general. Meetings have been held in Cordova, Anchorage, Kodiak, Craig and Sitka. Future meetings are being planned at Wrangell, Ketchikan and Homer. Power Points and other information from these meetings can be found at this link. In particular, if you are looking … Read More »

Maritime Works

MaritimeWorks – new careers info available The Careers Pages are live and flyers for each career sub-sector are available for download on MaritimeWorks.org. Please take a look, include links and share in your organization's social media or newsletters and help us let folks know where they can find information about great "high dollar, blue collar" careers in Alaska's Maritime Sector. “Be a … Read More »

RFM certification

In 2015, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) Board of Directors adopted improvements to the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Program. AFDF has entered into an MOU with ASMI to serve as the Client for the certification of both the Pacific cod and Alaska salmon fisheries. As a re-cap, ASMI has been administering and acting as the Client for Alaska’s … Read More »

Fishing Vessel Energy Efficiency Project – Phase 2

  Fishing Vessel Energy Efficiency Project – Phase 2 AFDF was awarded a grant from NOAA to further efforts to help fishermen reduce fuel costs on vessels. In Phase 2, AFDF will collaborate with Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA) to conduct additional vessel energy audits, improve a beta-version of an Energy Analysis Tool, finalize a fishermen-friendly online version of this … Read More »

Alaska Mariculture Initiative (AMI) – Economic Analysis completed

Phase I of the Economic Analysis to Inform the Alaska Mariculture Initiative has been completed and can be viewed here. Phase I is a set of case studies which looks at examples of successful mariculture industries around the world and how they may relate to the development of Alaska’s industry. Presentations of the results of Phase I and other mariculture development topics have been given during … Read More »