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Symphony of Seafood debuts 18 new products

Echo Falls Sockeye Salmon Candy Credit: oceanbeauty.com

Echo Falls Sockeye Salmon Candy
Credit: oceanbeauty.com

January 28, 2016

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – A big line up for this year’s Alaska Symphony of Seafood. I’ll tell you more after this –

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Halibut baby food … canned smoked herring … salmon caviar – those are just a few of the 18 new products to be showcased this month at three Alaska Symphony of Seafood events in Seattle, Juneau and Anchorage.  The Symphony promotes new, value-added products in four categories: retail, food service, Beyond the Plate and new this year, Beyond the Egg.

 It’s a great event for the industry but it’s also shows how much work and effort is going into developing new products which is good for everyone because it creates more value for the resource . and in the case of beyond the plate it is actually using more of the resources.

Julie Decker is director of the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, host of the Symphony for 23 years. A sampler of entries this year includes sockeye salmon candy, a salmon peach salsa, gluten free pollock portions, canned, smoked herring and halibut baby food.

The halibut baby food is a frozen product. Not only made with Alaska halibut, but with Alaska grown vegetables. So it’s a pretty cool product.

Beyond the Plate, which features items made from fish byproducts, attracted four entries.

 It’s interesting because we  had three gourmet pet treats and this year we have three different entries using fish skin as leather. One of them is halibut skin, and two use salmon skin. There   were two other products entered as well – one of them may be my personal favorite – skin serum using omega three oils. 

The anti-aging skin serum is from ArXotica, a Bethel company.

All items will be judged by an expert panel in Seattle on February 10, followed by a seafood bash in Juneau on February 16.  Then it’s on to Anchorage, where all winners will be announced on February 19.  Top winners get a free trip in March to Seafood Expo North America in Boston.

See the full line up at www.afdf.org and find links at www.alaskafishradio.com

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – who salutes and says thanks to the men and women fishing across Alaska for their hard work and dedication. (www.oceanbeauty.com) In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.

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