Next year," said Peter Moore, AFDF
flatfish project manager, "the second phase of our program will focus on developing commercial uses for the still-unused species, and on designing new processing equipment to increase recoveries and improve product quality.
AFDF, like other regional fishery development foundations, is funded by federal Saltonstall-Kennedy funds each year.
With a relatively minor expenditure of $4 million to $5 million, AFDF helped launch an industry that will manufacture some 200,000 metric tons of product this year.
AFDF may well be the most cost-effective way to do the practical research needed to ensure that Alaska's fishing and processing capacity is fully utilized.