Collaboration is at the heart of the Alaska seafood industry. Amid the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, here is how we can work together to support the people and communities behind the fish.
What’s happening in the Alaska seafood industry?
Alaska produces 60% of the wild seafood harvested in the U.S. each year. Alaska seafood is harvested year round and commercial fishing has been designated part of the essential critical infrastructure at both the state and federal levels. Fishing currently continues with extensive safeguards in place.
The Alaska seafood industry’s number one priority is the health and safety of all, including Alaska’s fishing communities and the Alaska seafood workforce.
The seafood industry, fishermen, community members and regulators are working together to implement extensive protocols to continue to safely supply food to Alaskans, Americans and the world.
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What is the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) doing?
Seafood industry members – from fishermen to processors to fisheries managers – are currently working in collaboration with community leaders, public health officials, medical experts and state and local governments to implement extensive protocols ensuring the health and safety of Alaska’s fishing communities and seafood workforce. ASMI is communicating the protocols as provided by the state and local governments. The protocols comply with the State of Alaska’s health mandates for COVID, including in-state quarantine periods for 14 days with daily screenings, and seafood processors and harvesters submitting and following protective plans that contain health and safety measures.
ASMI and the Alaska seafood industry are also assisting those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. In April, ASMI programs donated over 2600 lbs of wild Alaska seafood to charitable organizations in both the U.S. and abroad serving those affected. Alaska’s industry members also work with charitable organizations to donate Alaska seafood to those in need. Millions of servings of seafood have been delivered to local communities and people around the world through programs like SeaShare and the Food Bank of Alaska.
What does this mean for you?
Choosing Alaska seafood means you’re supporting generations of fishermen and their communities, while also enjoying a healthy and sustainable protein source.
You can continue to find a wide variety of wild Alaska seafood at your grocery store, in the freezer, canned or pouched aisles, at the fresh seafood case or through their online ordering platform. You can also order seafood dishes to go from your favorite restaurant or purchase seafood online directly from Alaska’s fishermen and fishing companies.
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Can COVID-19 be transmitted through food?
Global health experts continue to affirm that COVID-19 is not a foodborne illness. There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be transmitted through food or food packaging. Seafood is a vital part of a healthy diet and remains a safe, smart choice.