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Lt. Gov. Treadwell Highlights Alaska Seafood, Tourism in D.C.

January 26, 2012, Washington, D.C. – Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell praised Alaska’s efforts to encourage tourism and promote Alaska’s seafood products at the Alaska Tourism and Sustainable Seafood media luncheon in Washington, D.C. today. The event was sponsored by Alaska’s Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development (DCCED), which manages the state’s tourism marketing campaign and oversees the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI).

The event marked the first joint public promotion between ASMI and the state’s tourism marketing section, but highlighted a long-standing coordination between the two.

More than a dozen travel and food journalists were among the guests at the Capitol Hill luncheon, which also included travel industry executives from the U.S. Travel Association, Alaska Airlines and ASMI.

“Product quality improvements, product diversification and cooperative marketing efforts worldwide by ASMI and Alaska tourism are responsible for the increasing value in seafood and the number of travelers choosing Alaska,” Treadwell said.

Tourism and seafood products are substantial components of Alaska’s economy. The tourism industry provides approximately 40,000 jobs in Alaska, generates $3.4 billion in economic impacts and more than $100 million in state taxes and fees. According to the research company Datassential, Alaska Seafood is one of the top two most commonly specified brands on American restaurant menus, second only to Angus beef. 

“Alaska is very proud that it is looked to as the model for science-based, robust fisheries management,” Treadwell said. “If we continue to manage our fisheries successfully, we will continue to see the economic benefit of our most delicious renewable resource, which means the value of our fisheries is infinite.” 

Last year, 4.3 billion pounds of seafood were harvested from Alaskan waters, accounting for 53 percent of the wild seafood caught in America. For the 22nd year in a row, Dutch Harbor/Unalaska was the largest volume seafood port in the nation.

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