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The Alaska Fisheries Report

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Coming up this week, the feds are recommending more seafood for young children and pregnant women; there’s still no radiation contamination to Alaskan seafood from Fukushima; and a water problem in Emmonak has a ripple effect for processors and fishermen. All that, and an exotic repurposing of a legendary crab boat in Kodiak, coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KFSK’s Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg, KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham, KNOM’s Zacharia Hughes in Nome, and KCAW’s Rachel Waldholz in Sitka.

Walmart, ASMI, Close to Salmon Deal

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Walmart executives were in Alaska last week, meeting with state and industry officials about salmon. Though it has not followed through, the world’s largest retailer last year said without the Marine Stewardship Council’s stamp of approval, they would have to cease carrying salmon from Alaska.
ASMI spokesman Tyson Fick said he came away from the visit feeling confident salmon will stay on Walmart’s shelves.
“I think it went really well. It gives a lot of cause for optimism how it was received for both the sustainability efforts and management efforts of Fish and Game and NOAA in Alaska, as well as the RFM certification program.” Continue reading

The Alaska Fisheries Report

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Coming up this week, the Board of Fish breezes through its Kodiak area meeting, Walmart gets charmed by the state, and take your best shot. No, really, I mean it – with your camera. All that, and we wish we could think of something witty to say about buying crab at nail salons. We had help from KUCB’s Annie Ropeik in Unalaska, KYUK’s Ben Matheson in Bethel and KFSK’s Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg.

Port Lions Woman Wins ASMI Instagram Contest

Photo of home-canned salmon by Sara Squartsoff took first prize in the ASMI Instagram contest.

Photo of home-canned salmon by Sara Squartsoff took first prize in the ASMI Instagram contest.

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A Port Lions woman has won the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Instagram photo contest. Sara Squartsoff, an artist and chef at the Kodiak Paradise Lodge won the “Show Us Your Alaska Seafood” contest with her photo of home-canned salmon.
In a release, ASMI spokesman Tyson Fick said the image impressed the ASMI board and committee members who voted for Squartsoff’s photo out of a field of over 100 entries.
In the statement, Squartsoff said her cooking stems from her Native heritage and lifestyle, and most of the proteins come from the sea.
She wins a winter’s worth of Alaska seafood and a GoPro Hero camera.

The Alaska Fisheries Report

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Coming up this week Mark Begich stares down Sodexo USA and Walmart and they both blink first. Have we mentioned pink salmon yet this summer? Because it seems they’re running pretty good. And ASMI promotes from within for its new director of international marketing. All that and more, coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had great stories from KFSK’s Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg, KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham, and KTNA’s Phillip Manning in Talkeetna.

ASMI’s New International Program Director Promoted from Within

Alexa Tonkovich has been named International Program Director for ASMI.

Alexa Tonkovich has been named International Program Director for ASMI.

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The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has a new director for its international marketing efforts. Alexa Tonkovich, who has worked the past four years as ASMI’s Asia and Emerging Markets manager, was named to the post Monday morning, and took over the job immediately. Her promotion will now add Europe to her plate.
“It’ll be a bit of a challenge. I have done some work in Europe. I’ve been to the European seafood show and I’ve done trade missions in Portugal and things like that. But I’ll still have to get up to speed a bit on the European market. And now I’ll need to learn a bit more about that,” she said. “Asia and the emerging markets, of course they’re challenging markets, but I feel like I have a pretty good handle on them. I think the biggest challenge will probably be finding the right staff to replace me and then training new staff is always a challenge.”
Promoting the sustainability of Alaska Seafood in European markets will be just one of the challenges she envisions in her new position. Continue reading