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ASMI, Holland America Partner on Seafood Education
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ASMI, Holland America Partner on Seafood Education

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) has formed a partnership with Holland America Line to educate the cruise line’s employees on the species, benefits and responsible fishing practices of the Alaska fishing industry. Through the partnership, which was announced May 7, ASMI is offering the cruise line’s dining and galley staff a short online digital course on Alaska seafood species, health benefits, fishing methods and the state’s overall sustainability practices. The “Seafood U” training for Holland America Line’s culinary teams began earlier this year in advance of the cruise line’s 2024 Alaska season. Some 2,500 shipboard team members working on six ships are to undergo the training, according to ASMI. “With this new step, Holland America Line has committed to not ...
Seafood Economics Contributes $6B to Alaska’s Economy: ASMI Report
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Seafood Economics Contributes $6B to Alaska’s Economy: ASMI Report

The seafood industry plays a critical role in the state’s economy, employing over 48,000 workers annually and contributing $6 billion to the state’s economy, according to a new report from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. “The economic benefits of the seafood industry are felt by all Alaskans,” said Jeremy Woodrow, executive director of ASMI, who released the 2024 update of “The Economic Value of Alaska’s Seafood Industry” report on April 24. Current global challenges notwithstanding, the variety and superior quality of products Alaska has to offer is unmatched, Woodrow said. “Research shows that consumers strongly prefer wild seafood to farmed, they want to add more sustainable seafood to their routines, and they place a high value on the health benefits of seafood,” h...
USDA Updates WIC Food Packages to Include More Seafood
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USDA Updates WIC Food Packages to Include More Seafood

Final changes to the new food packages for women, infants and children (WIC) approved by the Department of Agriculture include six ounces of canned fish to food packages for children ages 1-4 and allow canned light tuna, chub mackerel, salmon, sardines and Atlantic mackerel for children. The final changes announced April 9 also include the addition of 10 ounces of canned fish to food packages for pregnant and postpartum participants, and 15 ounces for partially breastfeeding participants. Amounts for fully breastfeeding participants has been adjusted from 30 to 20 ounces. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who has advocated for inclusion of Alaska salmon in WIC food packages since 2014, called the updated program great news for America’s mothers and children. Alaska’s wild salmon is ...
ASMI’s Food Aid Program Reaches to Fill Domestic, International Needs
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ASMI’s Food Aid Program Reaches to Fill Domestic, International Needs

Wild Alaska seafood sold by Alaska Seafood Marketing Association (ASMI) through its Global Food Aid Program now feeds millions of beneficiaries of federal and international food aid programs, and ASMI’s Bruce Schactler hopes to feed many more in 2024. “We are dealing with product development, new generations of people eating more seafood, and we are trying to distribute seafood to 30 million to 40 million people who have never eaten seafood before,” Schactler said in his report to ASMI’s All Hands on Deck conference in Anchorage on Nov. 2. Schactler, who leads the Global Food Air Program at ASMI, told the conference that through October the U.S. Department of Agriculture had purchased over $205 million in wild Alaska seafood. “Last year was a record year of purchasing seafood ...
RFM Program for Certified Seafood Recognized by GSSI
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RFM Program for Certified Seafood Recognized by GSSI

A public-private partnership advocating for preserving oceans for future generations and more sustainable seafood has announced recognition of a Certified Seafood Collaborative (CSC) fisheries program. The CSC’s Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) program, based on version 2.0 of the Global Benchmark Tool, on June 30, became the first certification scheme to achieve Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) Initiative status. The partnership was cited for bringing together more than 100 partners worldwide for the common cause of turning seafood into a driver for good and attempting to preserve oceans for future generations, GSSI officials said. The RFM program was assessed and found to meet all 142 essential components, aligning them with the Food and Agriculture Organiz...
Tax Credit Program Extended for Seafood Processors
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Tax Credit Program Extended for Seafood Processors

Legislation signed into law in early July extends the sunset date for an Alaska tax credit program for seafood processors that bring value-added product to market. The legislation sponsored by state Senator Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak) continues the tax credit for salmon and herring value-added products until Jan. 1, 2027, and also allows tax credits for products from other Alaska fish species. The program has been credited as a major reason for the boost in the commercial value of Alaska seafood since its inception as the Alaska Salmon Product Development Tax Credit in 2003. Data compiled by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and the Pacific Seafood Processors Association concludes that $114.4 million in new revenue has been generated from the previous tax credit program. Stev...
ASMI Partners with Cruise Industry to Promote Alaska Seafood
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ASMI Partners with Cruise Industry to Promote Alaska Seafood

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is partnering with Holland America Line to promote the company’s exclusive use of Alaska seafood on its six ships bringing visitors to the 49th state. ASMI spokeswoman Ashley Heimbigner said the partnership would include stories from harvesters and processors of Alaska seafood as well as chefs. Future programming initiatives are to include recipe development in concert with Holland America Line’s “Culinary Council,” in-destination video content, onboard Alaska seafood trivia and recipes from council Chef Ethan Stowell. ASMI and Holland America inaugurated their partnership on July 5, with Stowell joining Alaska commercial harvesters and local leaders in Juneau to demonstrate the depth and breadth of Alaska’s seafood bounty, including five specie...
ASMI Bolsters Seafood Online Marketplace 
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ASMI Bolsters Seafood Online Marketplace 

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has launched a new web-based directory designed to bring buyers and suppliers of Alaska seafood together around the world.  The Alaska Seafood Online Marketplace, which replaces ASMI’S Suppliers Directory, allows businesses to create custom company profiles, list products and share product specifications with others online.  Consumers and seafood buyers can search the marketplace by species, sales region and even contact suppliers directly within the platform. Buyers looking for specific seafood items can also create an account to post specific product needs or purchase requests. The new “For Consumers” section simplifies the search process by providing quick access to companies that direct ship Alaska seafood to individuals.  ASMI’s digital ...