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 »

Alaska Symphony of Seafood – More improvements in 2016

The Alaska Symphony of Seafood is an annual competition for new products made using Alaska Seafood. 2016 marks the 23rd consecutive year for this popular event, and AFDF is planning to make it one of the best events so far. In 2015, the Symphony added a new category of products called, Beyond the Plate, which included consumer-ready products made with parts of Alaska seafood which would … Read More »

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 »

Iceland Ocean Cluster continues to impress:

The Alaska Division of Economic Development (DED) and the Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC) organized a Trade Mission to Iceland from October 18-23. The trip is a result of the 2014 Innovation Summit, which brought guest speaker Thor Sigfusson, Manager and Founding Director of the Iceland Ocean Cluster, to Juneau to speak about value-added seafood products and the thriving Ocean Cluster … 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 »

MSC P-Cod Certification

Bob Trumble of MRAG has filed a “variation request” to extend the P cod certifications until April 24, 2015. This will assure there are no issues with the certification. … Read More »

RFM Certification

At its most recent meeting, the ASMI Board approved all of the recommendations of the RFM Task Force regarding improvements to its Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification. AFDF intends to apply to become a client for RFM certification of both the Pacific cod and salmon fisheries. If ASMI approves AFDF’s applications to become a client for these fisheries, the first step would be … Read More »

AK Dept. of Commerce releases new promotion & study

In September, the Alaska Department of Commerce released a new study: Trends and Opportunities in the Alaska Maritime Industrial Support Sector . The study explores the areas with the highest growth potential in the Maritime Industrial Support Sector. The Dept. also created new digital artwork and posters that symbolizes the strong and growing maritime industry in Alaska. The poster also … Read More »