National Fisherman

The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) is gearing up to launch an Alaska mariculture initiative, which it says has the potential to create a $1 billion industry.
“It may take 20 years to get to this point, but it’s very doable,” Julie Decker, who took over as executive director of the AFDF from Jim Browning earlier this year, told Undercurrent News.
AFDF recently won one of ten recommendations for grant awards out of a pool of 250 applicants. Its recommended award of $216,812 – to be finalized after basic cost and legal analysis – comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program, and it launches a development project that has been in the works since March of 2013.
“What we’re hoping to do is put the bigger picture spotlight of the potential of mariculutre [aquaculture in saltwater] in Alaska to not just look at it as private aquatic farms but also enhancement of shellfish fisheries and restoration projects,” Decker said.
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Inside the Industry

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.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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