Like Alaska’s oil industry, Alaska’s seafood industry supply chain moves most of the state’s seafood out of state as an unrefined product, creating a persistent challenge for fishing communities that seek to keep more value and more Alaska fisheries jobs in state.
Alaska Sea Grant and the Aleutians East Borough will partner on a project to launch a pilot seaweed farm near Sand Point on the Alaska Peninsula, with a $99,800 grant from National Sea Grant, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Dramatic increases in post-harvest chilling practices, coupled with innovative marketing tactics led by the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association are proving successful for both the fishing fleet in Bristol Bay, and grocery retailers across the US.
The FDA has approved a request of AquaBounty Technologies to produce genetically modified salmon within the United States.
Salmon Sisters, the fishermen-sister owned Alaskan seafood and design brand’s charitable Give Fish Project has expanded, and will now donate one-percent of all sales.
In Alaska, few studies have explored seaweed, even though there is growing interest in harvesting it for food and fertilizer. Now a graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is part of a team taking some important first steps to determine whether seaweed and wrack can be harvested more broadly in Southcentral Alaska.
Sealaska Heritage Institute has released the most comprehensive book ever published on traditional northern Northwest Coast halibut hooks, known as náxw in Tlingit.
Amalga Harbor, near Juneau, has a remote release of hatchery chum salmon returning there. Pictured is one the first common property purse seine fisheries.