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Alaska Fisheries Organization Receives Federal Grant to Develop Workforce, Access to Seafood

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Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded a Regional Food System Partnership Grant to the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association. The grant is part of the ministry’s local agriculture marketing program.

The association was one of 30 projects in 24 states selected for a grant. The grant amount for the Alaska organization is $ 189,000, which requires a match of $ 20,000.

According to a statement from the association, the funding will be used to foster new partnerships that help build a more resilient regional food system. particularly with regard to access to local seafood and the development of the seafood industry‘s workforce. The association says the impacts of COVID-19 have highlighted these problems.

The industry in Alaska depends on outside labor for processing, marketing and shipping, and less than one percent of seafood caught remains in Alaska.

Alaska is one of the five most food insecure states in the country. 95% of Alaska’s $ 2 billion in food purchases are imported and 14% of Alaskans, 20% of whom are children, face food insecurity.

In March of last year, the association formed a statewide coalition of nonprofits, tribal organizations, military organizations, towns and boroughs, foundations, fishermen and seafood processors to solve the problems.

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