National Fisherman

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) has appointed Lotus UK to be its marketing and trade representation in Northern Europe.

Covering the United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands and Scandinavia, the contract includes the development and execution of consumer PR and promotions, as well as trade marketing and trade relationship management.

Lotus UK director Rebecca Wilson heads up the team appointed to manage the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute account. Rebecca will work alongside Dr. Jon Harman, a seafood industry expert whose extensive career includes roles at Seafood Scotland and most recently the Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish), where he was responsible for trade relationships, consumer marketing and PR, consumer research and sustainability services.

Additionally, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute account team includes Susan van Egmond, a highly recognizable marketer in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, and Maarten Mens, an established seafood industry professional, who heads up trade relations. Both are based in the Netherlands.

Alaska is the one of the largest world suppliers of internationally-recognized sustainable seafood. Nearly 30,000 tons of Alaska seafood is imported into the UK yearly.

Lotus UK will use its extensive experience to market Alaska seafood, further developing its positioning as wild, natural and sustainable by reinforcing its Alaska origin. Lotus UK currently handles the Alaska tourism account and will dovetail tourism marketing activity with ASMI activity to tell the Alaska story. The new contract will begin immediately.

"ASMI is pleased to welcome Lotus UK to ASMI's International Program," said Michael Cerne, executive director of ASMI. "Northern EU is a crucial part of ASMI's international portfolio, thanks to their traditionally strong consumption of Alaska whitefish and Alaska salmon, particularly canned salmon. With Director Rebecca Wilson's relevant PR background and Jon Harman's decades of industry experience, we are confident they will be a great choice to move the marketing program in this region forward."


Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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