The Southeastern community of Haines was once known as the strawberry capital of Alaska. In the 1900s, Charlie Anway’s prolific red berries were shipped throughout the state—his largest berry measuring seven inches in circumference. During the harvesting season for more than two decades, Anway hired up to twenty pickers and grossed more than $700 a day.
Alaska’s timber industry varies greatly by region within the state and there is great potential for growth of the industry. There are roughly 126 million forested acres in Alaska, but only about 14 million acres support fast-growing commercial timber.
Alaska is one-fifth the size of the rest of the United States, with more coastline than all other states combined. This state contains immense natural resources, including minerals and offshore resources like oil and gas and seafood.
Dr. William Campbell watched Zoi Maroudas growing up working in her family’s Anchorage restaurant. These days, he’s watching with interest as she creates her own business out of giving baby food a nutritious and delicious makeover.
Alaska’s seafood processing industry is holding a steady course as 2015 winds down. Recognition of the industry has been growing over the last decade as economic analyses reflect a more inclusive view, counting both direct and indirect fiscal impacts.
Most people agree that competition is good for any industry, leading to innovation and efficiency. But try telling that to a glum-faced Alaska salmon fisherman circa 2000; it’d be a tough sell.
Alexandra West, staff engineer at PND Engineers, Inc. and University Honors College graduate with a civil engineering degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), was awarded US Patent 8,833,682 B2 for designing a water-powered fish carcass grinder aimed at lowering the interactions between fishermen and wildlife.
When counting fish, Alaska is a world class producer. In fact, if it were a separate country, Alaska would place among the top dozen fishing nations in the world and rank as the sixth largest seafood exporter.