data suggests that while Japan and other Asian markets continue to lead the way
for importing Alaska seafood, the rest of the world is quickly catching up,
especially the countries that make up the European Union. The Alaska Seafood
Marketing Institute is trying to take advantage of Europeans’ interest in
Alaska fish by bringing journalists from the region to the state. KMXT’s Casey
Kelly has more.
Bader is a German television journalist based in Munich. He’s working on a
documentary about Alaska’s fishing industry that will air on German TV.
1 :10s “…it’s a lot of salmon.”)
set it up so that Bader and his cameraman could spend the night on a salmon
troller outside Sitka. They’ve also visited Juneau and now Kodiak. On Saturday,
they took a floatplane to the Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association’s Kitoi
Bay Hatchery on Afognak Island. Bader says he’s been impressed by Alaska’s
natural beauty, which he calls “the wild, wild north.”
2 :20s “…a wild state, I guess.”)
says Germans, and Europeans in general, are concerned about over fishing, and
react favorably to buzzwords like sustainability and wild. According to ASMI’s
website, between 2000 and 2006 the percentage of Alaska’s seafood exported to
Europe increased from 11 percent of all exports to 23 percent. But even though
Alaska seafood is making in-roads in European markets, Bader says it’s still a
3 :25s “…Alaskan, wild caught salmon.”)
Stolze is a freelance journalist from Hamburg with a background in biology. She
writes mainly on the topics of the environment and sustainability. But as a
consumer, she admits that in the past she hasn’t paid much attention to where
her fish comes from.
1 :21s “…happened during this travel.”)
She says in
Europe, with so many countries competing for limited resources, there’s no
unified fishery management. So getting to witness Alaska’s system up close has
been an eye-opener.
(Stolze 2 :19s “…that’s very nice to see.”)
This isn’t the
first time ASMI has brought foreign journalists to witness Alaska’s fishing
industry. Last year a group from France toured Southeast Alaska. In 2006, a
group from China visited the state on a trip that included a stop in Kodiak.
I’m Casey Kelly.