sense - especially in Alaska -
that scientists would want to research how to utilize the fish parts most
consumers have no taste for. Kodiak's Fishery Industrial
specializes in making the most of fish waste. But now the program, a joint
effort between the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the United Stated
Department of Agriculture, is threatened by federal budget cuts.
researcher Peter Bechtel:
-- (Fish 1 15 sec "The big picture is that in Alaska
we have over 2 million metric tons of fish that are processed every year. It's
all processed for human food. Then you have left things like heads, frames,
tails, livers and things like that. And the question is ‘What can you do with
Aside from making
a flavorful soup, researchers have learned that utilizing fish by-product in
new ways can create goods that many of us use in our daily lives.
-- (Fish 2 22sec "The one that you're going to see
in the stores everywhere is fish oil. Another thing that is going on are
gelatins. Right now in Alaska for the first time ever we're starting to take
some of the skin, as it turns out pollock skin, and we're starting to make fish
gelatin. A gelatin just like Knox gelatin from cow skin. We're making gelatin
from fish skin.")
research works to find innovative and sustainable solutions for fishing
agriculture. The program, however, is threatened by a loss of funding from a
Congress that is struggling to find similar solutions for the federal budget. Fear
that funding would be decreased or cut altogether has been latent since early
this summer. As Congress now looks to trim $1.5 trillion from the federal
budget over the next ten years, likely cuts to the USDA's budget will impact
projects that fall under discretionary spending, such as the FITC. Also at risk
are nine other Department of Agriculture research centers across the country.
is UAF's Dean of the school of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. According to
a report from KUAC news in Fairbanks, Lewis says that if USDA funding does not
come through, not all research will be interrupted. Some funding has been
secured to continue the program for up to one year.