Happy spring local seafood lovers! We are excited to announce that a tasty and fresh spring lineup is ready for you to place your order, fill your freezer, and liven up your dinner parties as the Alaskan days get longer.
Delectable halibut from Homer that is making its first appearance as part of our community supported fishery. A limited supply of mouth-watering, pot-caught Prince William Sound spot prawns are also back on the menu. New to the mix is a fabulous new product sure to be a favorite at lunchtime or for camping trips: Dear North,™ Salmon Bites, created by new Alaskan native-owned company based in Juneau and most recently a winner of the 2017 Alaska Symphony of Seafood!
Anchorage seafood lovers: Get your Vitamin Sea this winter with Catch of the Season, our community supported fishery! For two days only, we’ll be offering a pop-up market featuring king crab, rockfish and Pacific cod at our office in Anchorage. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, treat your sweetheart (or your sweet self) to premium quality, frozen seafood harvested by small boat fishermen.
WHAT: Seafood sale, featuring king crab, rockfish, and Pacific cod harvested by Alaskan fishermen
WHEN: February 9–10 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
WHERE: AMCC Office, 106 F St., Anchorage, AK 99501
This event is weather dependent. Any changes due to extreme weather will be posted to this page.
PRODUCT DETAILS & PRICING:
Norton Sound red king crab (10 lb. box): $250
Kodiak Jig Seafoods Pacific cod fillets (3-4 lb packages): $7 per lb.
Kodiak Jig Seafoods rockfish fillets (1-2 lb packages): $13 per lb.
Contact our local seafood sales manager, David Fleming, with any questions: 907.277.5357.
I want to tell you about Reise and Harmony Wayner. This brother and sister grew up near the end of the Aleutian chain in Unalaska. Their backyard was a landscape of emerald green hills, streams filled with wild salmon, and a rich ocean filled with a diversity of marine life.
Taught by their parents, Rhonda and Paul, this generation of Wayners continues the tradition of fishing at their family’s setnet site in Bristol Bay every summer. They have developed a strong sense of respect for the natural resources that support their family and other families like theirs.
Reise, Harmony, and other young fishermen and subsistence leaders from Sitka to Shaktoolik are shaping the future of coastal communities in Alaska. They understand that healthy fisheries are vital to the future of Alaska. And they are concerned about what the alarming pace of environmental change, unsettling national politics, and Alaska’s ailing economy will mean for the future.
Your support is needed now more than ever by Alaska’s fishing communities and families. Alaska Marine Conservation Council helps ensure the protection of Alaska’s marine resources for this and future generations. Please consider making a gift today.
Thanks to you, here’s a sampling of what we have accomplished in 2016:
- Grown the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Network and expanded its impact to help nurture the next generation of coastal community leaders;
- Catalyzed movement towards practical and informed solutions to keep fishing opportunities in our coastal communities;
- Fostered smart solutions to bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea that consider the needs of local communities and long-term conservation;
- Built a national coalition of small-scale fishermen ready to defend the Magnuson-Stevens Act, our nation’s “fish bill;”
- Advanced an ecosystem-based approach to management in the North Pacific—one that addresses fishing impacts, supports inclusive decision-making and considers the effects of climate change;
- Supported research, action, and engagement on the impacts of ocean acidification; and
- Connected more than 600 Alaska seafood consumers with community fishermen through Catch of the Season, our thriving community supported fishery.
None of us know how the new administration’s actions and policies will impact our marine ecosystems. But one thing is certain. We must remain vigilant.
With your support, AMCC will—as we have for over 20 years—continue to advocate on critical issues today, tomorrow and for the next 20 years. We are in this for the long haul.
We have some ambitious goals for 2017:
- Remain a steadfast and effective voice for regional and national fisheries policy that prioritizes conservation, communities, and local economies while considering the larger ecosystem and long-term changes;
- Carry out cutting-edge social science research to generate knowledge and smart solutions to the “graying of the fleet” and support the well-being of coastal communities;
- Bring our ocean acidification educational kiosk to new communities in southeast Alaska and defend important investments in ocean acidification research; and
- Harness the power of the local foods movement and social enterprise to expand the number of fishermen and consumers participating in AMCC’s community supported fishery.
Please stand with AMCC by making a gift now. It matters more than ever to Alaskans like Reise and Harmony Wayner and families in communities like theirs.
Thank you and happy holidays to you and yours.
Craving king crab? Love rockfish? Want to host the best dinner party of the season AND support local fishermen and healthy fisheries? We’ve got you covered. A variety of delicious seafood shares are now available through Catch of the Season, our award-winning community supported fishery.
Mix and match shares of Norton Sound red king crab, jig-caught rockfish and Pacific cod, and premium pressure-bled coho salmon. Pickup will be available in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Homer and Seward.
The deadline to order is Friday, October 28 and supplies are limited so reserve your share today. Click here for full details and to order!
Thank you to everyone who purchased Bristol Bay sockeye salmon shares through our Catch of the Season program this year! Our salmon share ordering period is now closed but stay tuned for Taku River Reds coho salmon, Kodiak jig rockfish, and Norton Sound red king crab which will be featured in September.
For those that ordered salmon, the pickup/delivery information for your salmon shares is below. You should have also received the information below on pickup via email from our staff.
**Meet Your Fisherman! We are pleased to announce that Reise Wayner, a young fisherman and member of the Wayner family that caught your fish will be joining us for pickups in Anchorage, the MatSu Valley, and Fairbanks.
**Don’t Forget Your Coolers! Remember if you got a 10 or 25lb. share to bring your cooler for your fish. Those size shares will be bagged and 50 lb. shares will be in boxes with liners.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (907) 277-5368.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
~The AMCC & Catch of the Season Team
Important Reminder: As stated in our terms and conditions agreed to before your purchase, your ability to pick-up your share at the designated place and time is critical to our program. If there are extreme circumstances that prevent you or someone you know from picking up your share, please contact us ASAP by emailing email@example.com or calling (907) 277-5368. Please ask friends and family first if they can pick up your share before contacting us. If you do not contact us and do not pick up your share at the time and place designated and we cannot reach you, you may forfeit your share.
Hannah Heimbuch will make arrangements with you and will be delivering your salmon share to you personally. Hannah can be reached on her cell phone at (907) 299-4018
When: Monday, August 15th
What Time: 10:00am to 7:00pm
Where: Beaver Sports Parking Lot
3480 College Road
*Look for signs, our seafood mobile & a large reefer van that will be parked in the back of the parking lot by the canoe center.
When: Wednesday, August 17th
What Time: Noon to 7:00pm
Where: UAF Matanuska Experiment Farm (near MatSu Regional Medical Center) located at 1509 S. Georgeson Road
Palmer, AK 99645
*Look for signs and our seafood mobile parked near the entrance to the farm.
When: Thursday, August 18th
What Time: 10:00am to 7:00pm
Where: Alaska Pacific University (APU) Farmer’s Market on the APU Campus
Carr-Gottstein Building Parking Lot at 4101 University Drive
*Look for signs, our seafood mobile & a large reefer van that will be parked in the Carr-Gottstein building parking lot.
When: Sunday, August 21th
What Time: Jen Leahy has made arrangements with you and will be delivering your salmon share to you personally. Jen can be reached on her cell phone at (907) 787-9257
Spring is here and we have been working to line up some new local seafood options for you all. Feedback from customers like you helps us know what you are hungry for. Time and time again, one crustacean continues to emerge through our surveys: spot prawns!
The harvest season for pot-caught spot prawns in Prince William Sound is extremely limited and opens this Friday, April 15th. AMCC is working with a number of fishermen to try and secure a supply of these tasty critters for our customers. Due to the uncertainty in what will be caught and pricing (market demand will be high!), we are going to wait until we have some supply on hand to make them available.
Our goal is to offer 5 lb. shares of frozen, head-off spot prawns to our customers in the Anchorage area. During this pilot we are unfortunately going to have limited on supply and will not be able to deliver seafood to Fairbanks and outlying areas.
Along with spot prawns, we are going to again offer delicious Kodiak jig-caught rockfish harvested this spring and some overstock of jumbo packs of jig-caught cod. Hungry, yet? We are too!
Stay tuned for news and updates as the season and ordering period gets underway. Thank you so much again for your continued support for the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and Catch of the Season!
Coming Soon: Alaska Community Seafood Hub
Our seafood sales program is getting a makeover! Over the next year we will be working to grow our program and creating something we are currently calling the “Alaska Community Seafood Hub.” Read more in this post from the fall.
Now Hiring: Local Seafood Sales Manager
Love Catch of the Season? Come work for us! We’re hiring a Local Seafood Sales Manager. Click here to learn more and apply! Please share far and wide!
Update (5/6/16): We’re happy to report this position has been filled!
AMCC is still seeking a unique, and talented seafood-lover to fill our Local Seafood Sales and Operations Manager position. If you are interested in joining our team please read on and apply today!
Local Seafood Sales and Operations Manager:
The Alaska Marine Conservation Council is seeking a fish-loving individual to serve as our Local Seafood Sales and Operations Manager. This new position is responsible for scaling up AMCC’s local seafood sales programs and creating a newly branded seafood hub. Our Catch of the Season community supported fishery and Kodiak Jig Seafoods brand have been successfully selling seafood caught by Alaskans, to Alaskans for over four years. The Manager will have the vision and capability to grow these programs into a cohesive and high-functioning social enterprise of AMCC’s that generates social, environmental, and financial impact. This position reports to the Executive Director and works closely with an array of fishing and processing partners, other staff members, as well as contractors. We are seeking an individual with an interest in long-term growth with our entrepreneurial organization.
Position Requirements include:
• More than 5 years of work experience (or educational equivalent) in sales, marketing, and operations preferably in the food or seafood business.
• Demonstrated understanding of Alaska’s fisheries and seafood markets.
• Experience and comfort working with spreadsheets and developing financial projections.
• Excellent communication and customer service skills.
• Demonstrated leadership experience and the ability to oversee and work collaboratively with other staff, board members and contractors, to engage volunteers and be a team leader.
• A self-starter with the ability to determine meaningful and achievable goals and meet them. • High level of energy, motivation and dedication to creativity and innovation.
• Extremely well-organized and detail-oriented and able to successfully and efficiently manage a significant workload.
• Passion and commitment to AMCC’s mission, vision and approach as well as to the vision and mission of our seafood sales programs.
• Ability to operate the AMCC vehicle (acceptable driving record) and lift objects over 45lbs.
• Ability to travel within and out of state and work on some evenings and weekends when needed.
The salary range for this exempt full-time position is $42,000-$50,000 and includes a unique benefits package with generous vacation leave, flex holidays, retirement, dental coverage, flexible work weeks and individual medical coverage. The position is based out of AMCC’s Anchorage office and start date is as soon as possible but no later than April 2016.
Essential functions and responsibilities:
• Retail/community supported fishery: Develop and implement strategies to expand the number of communities served and increase subscribers, as well as retain current subscribers.
• Wholesale sales: Develop and implement strategies to better serve current clients and increase sales of Kodiak Jig Seafoods cod and rockfish products.
• New business lines: Pilot and test the viability of new lines of business such as mobile food sales at events.
• Oversee all aspects of sales, marketing, and logistical operations to successfully carry out retail and wholesale sales.
• Forecast and monitor financial performance of seafood sales to meet or exceed targets.
• Work with a communications firm to develop a compelling brand identity for the Alaska Community Seafood Hub; ensure implementation of the new brand identity.
• Develop and track meaningful social, environmental, and financial growth goals for the program.
• Build and maintain relationships with fishermen and processors to increase supply options and support a broader base of fishing businesses. Successfully communicate with supply partners about the program.
• Oversee and put in place systems to ensure high product quality standards and manage any issues as they arise.
• Serve as a spokesperson with the media and promote the program through local events, speaking engagements, etc.
• Oversee and delegate tasks to a support staff member and contractors.
To apply: Interested applicants should send: 1) a cover letter detailing interest and qualifications for the position, 2) a resume with at least 3 professional references, and 3) communications pieces, marketing materials, or other examples of relevant work (optional). The application package should be sent to Kelly Harrell, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. This position will be open until filled.
By Kelly Harrell, Executive Director
AMCC decided to take the plunge this spring and submit our concept for scaling up local seafood sales through creation of the Alaska Community Seafood Hub to the international fisheries-focused business plan competition known as Fish 2.0. This was the second time the ground-breaking competition has been hosted after first launching to high acclaim in 2013. For those in the fisheries world, Fish 2.0 quickly became the go-to place for those interested in advancing cutting-edge business models focused on the triple-bottom line of social, environmental, and economic impact.
The rigorous competition is divided into four phases with only those with top scores advancing on to the next stage. Detailed financial projections, plans for dealing with competition, and social and environmental metrics were all part of the process. 170 companies applied and AMCC continued to advance to the next stage, eventually emerging at the top of the pack. In September, we learned we were one of 18 finalists that would give a 5-minute pitch to a crowd of funders and investors at Stanford in November. The competition provided some great resources along the way: expert advisors to help us with our submissions and seasoned coaches to help us polish our pitch to perfection.
When I left Alaska to head to Stanford last week, situated in the heart of Silicon Valley, I had no idea what to expect. I was thrilled that AMCC made it to the finals for our place-based, social enterprise business model and honored to be part of a global gathering of innovative fisheries entrepreneurs. I was both nervous and excited at the opportunity to share our work with other fish businesses and impact investors.
On the first day of the competition, I was put at ease by the amazing camaraderie in the crowd. It was clear that given the fisheries challenges that we face around the planet from, we truly are all in this together. A few faces were familiar as friends from Salty Girls Seafood and Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust were also finalists. Colleagues from Real Good Fish, Credibles, as well as another Alaska competitor, ORCA (Ocean Rich Communities of Alaska), and Ian Dutton from Anchorage, now with Nautilus Impact Investing were also present. Off the Hook Seafood Hub from Nova Scotia and Smart Fish based out of La Paz, Mexico which both have similar business models to ours were also finalists and runners up. As an Alaskan, I of course had mixed feelings about the number of aquaculture focused businesses in the competition. But I was pleased to see the advances being made in land-based aquaculture systems as well as innovations in fish feed made from insects and algae, as opposed to wild fish. A large number of Pacific Islanders were present, as well as companies from Thailand, Switzerland, and Australia. Environmental funders and impact investors from groups like RSF Social Finance, the Calvert Foundation, and Aqua Spark rounded out the crowd.
My pitch came on the second day of the competition within a pool of four other businesses considered at growth stage (more than 3 years of revenue). Most of the other businesses in the track included the Pacific Islanders running compelling businesses to help further the interests of their small island communities. I was first up to deliver my pitch and was thrilled to do so calmly and without forgetting my lines. Giving a business pitch in front of an audience of 250+ folks was completely new to me, and memorizing every line of the 5-minute pitch took at least one hundred rounds of practice. I felt I answered the judge’s questions well during the 8-minute question and answer session, and was thoroughly relieved when it was finally over and I could step down from the stage.
In each of the three tracks, two businesses were selected as winners to receive $5,000 in cash along with the recognition that comes along with having top scores. At the end of the competition, when it was announced we were one of the winners in our track, it was really icing on the cake by that point. I was honored to get to be up on the stage with the other winners and of course excited to take home $5,000 for AMCC. But by then, we all knew that nearly everyone in the crowd was worthy of that level of recognition and support. Fishing is behind the game when it comes to smart innovations in technology and business to help further the long-term health of our fisheries, oceans and coastal communities. We truly are all swimming together, and it was eye-opening to view our work as part of a national and global mosaic of fish-focused entrepreneurial efforts. We certainly plan to stay connected with other businesses and contacts we met at Fish 2.0, especially those advancing seafood hub models, and are hopeful that the exposure results in increased support for our work.
In September, AMCC also learned that the Alaska Community Seafood Hub received a $96,000 grant from the USDA Local Foods Promotion Program. With this support, we will hire a full-time staff member that is solely focused on local seafood sales and operations. We’ll also engage a communications firm to help create the Alaska Community Seafood Hub brand. This funding will be critical in allowing us to expand our seafood offerings, better serve our current customers, and expand to new communities in Alaska.
Adding to the momentum are discussions AMCC has been in with economic players and food businesses about bringing food hubs to Alaska, including a facility in Anchorage that would have amenities like a commercial kitchen and freezer storage space. AMCC and the Alaska Food Policy Council helped bring a Wallace Center workshop on food hubs to Anchorage in October that was attended by food leaders from across the state.
None of this progress would have been possible without the support of our Catch of the Season customers, the fishermen and processors we work with, Kodiak Jig supporters, members, and partners like you. You have made it possible for us to successfully build a local seafood sales program that connects Alaskans to our local fishermen and coastal communities. Thank you so much for your support and stay tuned for more to come soon!
Midnight Sun Brewery Promotes Local Seafood and Marine Conservation
For the week of October 5-9th, Midnight Sun Brewing Co. in Anchorage will be hosting “Fish & Sips” a week of seafood from community-based Alaskan fishermen. Check out the menu below for details on each night’s seafood specials. 20% of seafood special sales, 50¢ for each pint and $1 for each growler of Sockeye Red IPA sold will go directly to supporting AMCC’s work to keep our oceans healthy and our coastal communities thriving. So have a drink for the oceans and enjoy some delicious seafood at Midnight Sun, October 5-9th!
By Hannah Heimbuch, Community Fisheries Organizer
At the end of February, while Homer basked in 40-degree weather, I ventured out for a visit to a very wintery New England. In Gloucester I was able to spend three days with members of the Fish Locally Collaborative, a diverse group of marine conservationists that work to create a healthy ocean through community based fisheries and other important efforts.
This valuable face-to-face meeting allowed me to gain a much deeper understanding of the unique members and joint capacity of the FLC. I have a broader understanding of the social, environmental and economic movements taking shape within the marine conservation world, and how our work in Alaska informs and is informed by those efforts.
I was particularly excited to hear about the ways other organizations have translated positive energy and good ideas into meaningful actions for healthy marine ecosystems, and marine based coastal economies. I met leaders of the Slow Fish movement, individuals doing important research into community-based fisheries models, sustainable seafood marketers building direct relationships between chefs and fishermen, and many others. The diverse projects and programs being run by the independent members of this collaborative reflect a worldwide community of people working hard for sustainably managed fisheries and strong fishing communities.
After several days of conversation with these inspiring people, I ventured up to Portland, Maine for visits with our marine conservation colleagues in the north. An FLC member from Penobscot East Resource Center let me hitch a ride with him up from Gloucester, and gave me the rundown on Maine lobster fishery management. The next day I met with Susie Arnold from the Island Institute to talk about Ocean Acidification awareness and research. (Click here to see an excellent video on ocean acidification that AMCC collaborated with the Institute to create a few years ago.)
I met Lucy Van Hook from the Maine Coast Fisherman’s Association to talk community fisheries. Hugh Cowperthwaite from Coastal Enterprises Inc. took a chilly walk with me through some of Portland’s small, thriving fish markets as well as the Portland Fish Exchange. The PFE is a seafood auction warehouse — one of only a handful on the eastern seaboard — that handles nearly 100 percent of Maine’s finfish. I wrapped this incredible visit up with a conversation with Alexa Dayton from Gulf of Maine Research Institute. I learned about the Marine Resource Education Program’s work to offer expert training to marine industry workers on fisheries management and science, further empowering fishermen to weigh in on the decisions and research that impacts their coastal ecosystems and economies. Before leaving Alexa showed me around the gear lab at GMRI, where engineers work closely with fishermen to improve their gear and practices for sustainable fishing.
I flew out of Boston with much food for thought and landed in the other Portland. While in Oregon, before making my way home to Alaska, I headed to the Pacific Coast to participate in the Fisherpoets Gathering in Astoria. A whole event just for fisherpeople who write? Sounds like the place for me. To be sure, I found my people on the waterfront that weekend. One of the first people I saw walking down the sidewalk in downtown Astoria was AMCC member and fisherpoet, Steven Schoonmaker. I visited an old wooden seiner, the owners of which are Kodiak fishermen that have long participated in the event (a photo of me next to the seiner is pictured right). I read some of my own work, and listened to funny, beautiful and profound stories from many others — including AMCC Board Member, Emilie Springer. Brad Warren from Global Ocean Health, in addition to sharing some fantastic music at the evening events, gave an excellent talk on ocean acidification at the Maritime Museum. I was also able to see the new film The Breach, an incredible look at salmon throughout human history. This event is an excellent showcase of the deep and complex connections that coastal communities have to our oceans and the traditions and work that take place on and alongside them. It comes out in our professional work, in the skills we pass down to our children, and in the art we create to celebrate it.
What an incredible two weeks, packed with information and introductions that will serve to enrich my work in marine conservation for years to come.