• About Alaska Seafood Sustainability

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    Alaska's commitment to responsible fisheries management and sustainability existed long before anyone ever heard of an eco-label, and thanks to a sense of responsibility that spans generations of Alaskans, this commitment never waivers. When Alaska became a state in 1959, it was written into the constitution that "fish... be utilized, developed and maintained on the sustained yield principle," making Alaska the only state in the nation with such explicit conservation language as a foundation for resource management. It means that all interests — fisherman, scientists, conservationists and citizens — work together to determine how to responsibly manage our fisheries so that there will be an abundance of wild seafood to harvest now and always.

    In many ways it can be said that the seafood industry touches the lives of almost all Alaskans. In fact, fishing and processing employ more people than any other industry in Alaska, encompassing a full 32% of our workforce. As responsible stewards, each and every Alaskan understands the absolute importance of preserving this prized resource for generations to come.

    To further verify adherence to the highest of sustainability practices, the majority of Alaska's fisheries have been evaluated using a third-party certification called the FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management certification program. This certification shows that Alaska's fisheries meet the criteria of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and the FAO Guidelines for Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries – both are recognized as comprehensive and respected fisheries management guidelines in the world. The FAO Code & Guidelines were created with the participation and input of the world's governments, fishery scientists and conservationists and that means the state's fisheries are assessed against the world's highest and most internationally accepted standard.

     

    Downloadable Alaska Seafood Tools

    The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) has developed a series of informative materials that demonstrate the State of Alaska's long-held dedication to sustainability, and provide insight into this precautionary, science-based resource management philosophy. For Alaska, "sustainability" is much more than a catchphrase—it's a tradition.

    Sustainability in Plain English

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    Sustainability in Plain English
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    Alaska Seafood: A Model for Sustainability

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    Alaska Seafood: A Model for Sustainability
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    Alaska Seafood: Sustainability Fact Sheet

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    Alaska Seafood: Sustainability Fact Sheet
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    Marine Protected Areas

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    A Guide to Sustainable Seafood from Alaska

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    A Guide to Sustainable Seafood From Alaska Pocket Guide 

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    Picture of Sustainable Seafood Poster

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    Picture of Sustainable Seafood Table Tent

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    Picture of Sustainable Seafood
    Table Tent
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    Picture of Sustainable Seafood Menu Sheet

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    Picture of Sustainable Seafood
    Menu Sheet
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    Picture of Sustainable Seafood Waitstaff Button

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    Sustainability Videos

    The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) has created two new online training videos providing a behind-the-scenes look at Alaska's sustainable fisheries management system. Narrated by ASMI's Technical Director, Randy Rice, these videos offer a comprehensive overview of the unique standards and policies that have led to Alaska being recognized as a world leader in fisheries management. Each video is approximately 11 minutes long and includes vivid Alaska scenery and easy to follow information slides. A guided tour of Alaska's science-based approach to sustainable fisheries management.

    • Learn about the strict standards that Alaska follows, explore the principles and criteria set forth by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, and get a picture of the current industry landscape.
    • And, discover the steps that you can take to implement seafood sustainability into your operation.
    • An up-close look at the tradition of sustainability and its importance in Alaska's fishing communities.
    • Key to sustaining this tradition are Alaska's fisheries management policies and procedures, which protect and enforce this system and ensure that it is both fair and precautionary.
    • Learn about the rules and regulations, the solid basis on science, the ways that different governing bodies collaborate, and the open public participation and methods for enforcing and monitoring.