"This year we have tons of variety," said Val Motley, project manager for the Symphony of Seafood, which is organized and sponsored by the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation. Seafood producers who win in various categories are given further opportunities for exposure to nationwide customers.
This is where organizations such as the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute enter the scene.
Marc Jones, executive director of the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation
, who is helping to market the brand, cited the three biggies--price, quality and reliability--coupled with working out transportation issues, as essential.
Chris Mitchell was the executive director of the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation
when that organization created a program to breathe life into Western Alaska's salmon fishery.
Call the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation
at 276-7315 or visit www.symphonyofseafood.com.
According to the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, a trawl dragging along the continental shelf might bring up 40 metric tons of pollock or cod and a host of untargeted bycatch as well, some of it very valuable: flatfish, halibut, skates, rays, squid and seaweed.
A recent report by the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation paints a vivid picture of the economic cost to the industry posed by the bycatch problem:
* Hoping to end a cycle of alternating apathy and alarm in the salmon industry, the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation
has committed itself to a program to expand and diversify markets for Alaska salmon products.
Mid-term steps: better coordination of salmon product development through the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation
; more research on quality variations in returning hatchery stocks; incorporate product quality considerations in fish management decisions; and better quality-control education in the industry.
For example, new machinery being demonstrated in a joint venture between the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation
and North Pacific Processors in Cordova uses enzymes and natural acids to render fish waste into paste and oil.
One of the industry's representatives in developing new uses for fish material is the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation
. Based in Anchorage, the industry-supported foundation now is investigating commercial production of fish hydrolysate, a high-quality, refined protein paste made by centrifuging fish waste.
The tool that took the industry into a leadership position during the 1980s and that will be just as necessary in the future is the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation
. However, AFDF is facing very real questions about its survival.