Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Alaska Symphony of Seafood Adds New Contest Category

The Alaska Symphony of Seafood will have a third location and a new product category for the 22nd annual competition in February.

In addition to the usual gala soirees in Seattle and Anchorage, the host Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation in Anchorage has added a venue in Juneau, and along with retail, food service and smoked product competition, a fourth category: Beyond the Plate, for entries made with parts of seafood that would typically be deemed fish waste or a byproduct of the primary processing. Entries may include fish oil, pet treats, fish leather and many other products, says Julie Decker, executive director of AFDF. The industry, said Decker, has heavily invested in development of new products from traditionally unused seafood parts. The new category is being offered to highlight and promote the improvements the industry has made to reduce fish waste, develop new products and increase the value of Alaska’s seafood.

Entries will be judged on the product’s packaging and presentation, overall eating experience, price and potential for commercial success.

Dates of the Symphony of Seafood events will be announced at the end of October along with the call for product. Entry forms and fees are due by Dec. 31

Information on how to enter is online at
Since 1993, the Alaska Symphony of Seafood has celebrated creative and innovative ideas in the seafood industry, bringing new products before a panel of judges and the public. The event was created by the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation to promote new product development for seafood harvested in Alaska waters by encouraging participation and sponsorship from a variety of companies and organizations that together are building the future of the Alaska fishing industry.

AFDF is a private, non-profit organization created in 1978 to further develop Alaska’s seafood industry. AFDF works with harvesters, processors and the support sector to identify and prioritize problems common in Alaska’s seafood industry, and collaborates with scientists, government agencies and coastal communities to resolve these issues.

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