Community Seafood Hub concept wins big
December 8, 2015
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Alaska’s Community Seafood Hub concept bested 170 others in the global fisheries business competition called Fish 2.0 at Stanford University. The contest awards creative approaches that build demand for sustainable seafood, reduce waste and support fishing towns.
The Seafood Hub concept, by the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, expanded upon the Catch of the Season program and the Kodiak Jig Seafoods brand.
Scaling up what AMCC has been doing for several years – selling seafood caught by community based fishermen to consumers in Alaska and through wholesale buyers in the case of Kodiak Jig Seafoods in a way that tells the story of the fishermen, the species, the community where it come it came from and helps build connections between our fishermen and our fishing communities and our seafood consumers and buyers and generates a higher price for the fishermen. 3
Kelley Harrell is AMCC director in Anchorage. AMCC began selling orders of Kodiak Tanner crab and cod to restaurants, and has expanded to include rockfish, Bering Sea Tanners, Norton Sound king crab and sockeye salmon.
This summer we sold salmon for the first time in Fairbanks and it was a huge hit. People were extremely eager to have seafood caught by Alaskans for Alaskans, which is one of our mottoes, and we sold thousands of pounds right away to an eager consumer base. 6
Harrell says about 20 boats are involved so far. Catch of the Season jig-caught cod and rockfish fetch about 60 percent more than the basic dock price. AMCC’s ultimate goal is to spawn umbrella groups for local brands in other Alaska fishing towns.
AMCC won $5,000 in cash and is in the running for more money to be awarded this month. AMCC also received a $100,000 USDA grant to grow the seafood hub with more staff. In the four rigorous rounds of the competition, Harrell says judges were most surprised that many Alaskans don’t have access to many fisheries and that Alaska politics and the economy are not more connected to the fisheries.
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