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Fishing in Alaska
A Way of Life for Generations
The family unit participating in Alaska fisheries is important to the long-term sustainability of our seafood. Many fishing operations involved with Alaska fisheries are family based and in many cases, have been harvesting fish for generations in the same area and in some instances using the same artisanal techniques. Fishery participation by families supports local community’s economies and is a valuable source of protein and nutrients that provides food security to many people around the world.Generations of Fishing Brochure (PDF)
One Way Alaska Puts Families and Communities First
The Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program provides eligible villages the opportunity to participate and invest in fisheries; supports economic development; alleviates poverty and provides economic and social benefits for residents; and achieves sustainable and diversified local economies.
There are 65 communities associated with the CDQ program, 80% of those communities are Alaskan Natives. Monies derived from the CDQ program totals in the hundreds of millions annually to the eligible communities.
Just one example of responsible management in Alaska
Marine conservation isn’t new to Alaska Seafood. In fact, a precautionary approach to setting harvest levels has been in place for decades. Look at the BSAI Catch Limits chart and see how the numbers tell the story. Each year scientists conduct surveys of the available biomass and use this data to calculate conservative catch limits – Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC). Then, fisheries managers go a step further and set harvest quotas – Total Allowable Catch (TAC) – that never exceeds the sustainable ABC.
100% OF THE FISH
We strive to use 100% of the fish, to fully utilize our abundant resource. By investing in an approach to increase utilization of our harvested fish, seafood producers in Alaska think in terms of quality and not quantity. After the primary processing of our harvests, Alaska seafood producers use the materials that are left over to increase the value and create diversity in the marketplace for Alaska seafood. Some of the innovative ways Alaska increases the utilization of fish is through research and development in fishmeal, fish oil, pet food and many more alternative applications.
Here’s one example of a processor using Alaska pollock oil for fuel:
Fish Fueling Fish
The Alaska seafood industry uses as much of the fish harvested as possible. One of many examples of this is using fish oil produced from ancillary fish products not destined for the market, and turning it into fuel to power the fish processing plants. The Alaska pollock industry leads the charge in using the extra oil resource for fuel. Pollock oil is significantly less expensive than the diesel fuel source available in some of the fishing ports. Most fish oil produced in Alaska is not sold, but is rather blended with diesel fuel and burned in diesel generators powering shoreside plants and large fishing/processing vessels. In 2015, the Alaska pollock producers offset diesel fuel with pollock oil and saved operators approximately 44 million dollars*.
* Source: McDowell Group
For years, Alaska’s leadership and dedication to sustainable harvesting and management practices is unsurpassed. Now we demonstrate this independent Fisheries Management (RFM) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certifications.
Alaska RFM provides credible standards for sustainable fishing and supply chain traceability. Whether you are a buyer, consumers, NGOs and other stakeholder, seafood from Alaska RFM certified fisheries provides documented third-party assurance of responsible seafood sourcing policies.