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 »

26th Alaska Symphony of Seafood

26th 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 »

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 »

Salmon Protein Powder – Product & Market Development

AFDF submitted a grant proposal to the NOAA Saltonstall Kennedy program for a collaborative project with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI). The goal of the project is to support the development of a new byproduct from seafood waste in coordination with development of a new market for such a product. If funded, 10,000 pounds of human-grade seafood protein powder would be manufactured … Read More »

Maritime Works

For several years, AFDF has been working with maritime businesses, the University of Alaska, Alaska Departments of Labor and Education, and others on the issue of workforce development for Alaska maritime industry. In 2015, AFDF became the fiscal agent for an advisory group representing maritime businesses called Maritime Works. AFDF, on behalf of Maritime Works, also received a grant from the … Read More »

MSC certification of Pacific cod

AFDF is pleased to announce the successful completion of five-year re-certification of the Pacific cod fishery under the MSC program. Because the Pacific cod fishery has been re-certified with no conditions, the fishery has reached a “Surveillance Level 1”, which means the audit schedule will be greatly reduced. Out of four surveillance audits, only one will require an on-site visit, one will … Read More »

RFM certification of Pacific cod

As the Client, AFDF also managed the completion the 2nd annual surveillance audit (ASA) of the Pacific cod fishery. As a result, the Pacific cod fishery maintains RFM certification for all regions and all gear types across Alaska. The final report can be viewed online here. During 2016, AFDF is planning to complete the 3rd ASA for Pacific cod in coordination with the Alaska pollock and flatfish … Read More »

RFM certification of Alaska salmon

Acting as Client for Alaska salmon in 2015, AFDF is pleased to announce the completion of the 3rd annual surveillance audit (ASA). As a result, the Alaska salmon fishery maintains RFM certification for all regions, all gear types, and all salmon species. The final report can be viewed online here. At this time, no other certification besides RFM covers all Alaska salmon statewide. The 4th ASA … Read More »