On the other side of the world, to the top and left of Canada, lies the state of Alaska. The states’ shore line takes in the Arctic Ocean, the Bering Sea and the North Pacific Ocean. Sustainable fishing has been the law in Alaska since 1959, when it became the only state with sustainability written into its constitution (basic principles and laws of the state).
State, federal and international management agencies share the goal of sustainability; each has a legal mandate to prevent overfishing or harm to ecosystems and fishing communities.
Public participation by fishermen, seafood processors, and environmental groups is a key component for Alaska’s excellent fisheries management. Inclusive collaboration with the public helps to build widespread understanding about the importance of responsible management actions.
Alaska’s fishing families are the heart and soul of the Alaska seafood industry, and as they hand down fishing practices from generation to generation, they believe passionately in the importance of sustainability. In fact, many communities’ way of life depends on healthy wild fish stocks. That’s why Alaska’s fishermen and fishing communities are so dedicated to upholding the strict fishing laws, using sustainable harvesting methods, and adhering to the latest scientific data and other robust fisheries management policies.
Generations of Alaskans have a long tradition of utilising the entire resource (fish). This goal now extends to businesses where they strive for maximum use of the abundant supply. All parts of Alaska seafood like roe (fish eggs), collars and skin are treasured in different markets around the world. After primary processing, many Alaska seafood producers use the remaining materials to create products such as fishmeal and fish oil. This increases the value and creates diversity in the marketplace for Alaska seafood.
Used in pet food, fertilizer and to remove heavy metals and radioactive waste from contaminated soil.
MILT, STOMACHS & ROE:
These are treasured delicacies and are highly valued as specialty products worldwide.
Have healing properties, are used in textiles, and biodegradable “plastic” can be made from fish scales.
A great source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids DHA & EPA, often used in vitamin supplements.