Alaska's seafood industry is the largest private employer in the state, with an annual economic impact of over $5.7 billion in the state that extends well beyond coastal communities to southcentral and the interior Alaska. In fact, more Alaska fishermen live in Southcentral Alaska than any other region of the state. These big numbers are made possible by all sorts of small businesses – from fishermen, machinists, engineers, electricians, cooks and more.
In this panel discussion, speakers from across the industry will share how their businesses and organizations connect and provide value to Alaska. Attendees can learn more about how Alaskans are proud of their commercial seafood industry and the economic value it brings back to the state, as well as the many ways the Alaska seafood industry fulfills its role in sustaining economic resiliency, and supporting the businesses and communities that work with and benefit from a thriving commercial seafood sector.
Jeremy Woodrow is the Executive Director for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Jeremy is a born and raised Alaskan whose family has commercially fished in Southeast Alaska for over five decades. He has practiced marketing and public relations in the fields of seafood, state and local government throughout Alaska since 2002. Jeremy is an alumnus of Northern Arizona University where he received his bachelor’s in public relations and bachelor’s in advertising. He lives in his hometown of Juneau, Alaska with his wife and two young children. He loves to spend every minute of free time with his family in the great outdoors of Alaska and, of course, fishing.
Stefanie Moreland is the Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for Trident Seafoods. Trident owns and operates primary seafood processing facilities in twelve Alaska coastal communities serving over 5,400 independent harvesters and crew, along with its own fleet of vessels. Trident is a leader in product development for wild Alaska seafood, reaching markets in 50 countries with wild Alaska seafood products from its facilities in the U.S., Japan, Germany, China, and Latin America.
Ms. Moreland has more than 20 years of experience in natural resource management and public policy development, primarily in the Alaska region. She has been an active participant in multi-stakeholder forums addressing fisheries management, marine ecosystem research, and global seafood standards and benchmarking initiatives. She is committed to promoting best practices in fisheries conservation, supply chain transparency, and ethical and responsible living and workplace conditions in the seafood industry.
Katy Rexford joined AMCC as Director of Catch 49 in July 2018 after a varied career in Alaska, Hawaii, and California. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Vassar College and began her career with the San Francisco-based Bluewater Network in 2000, working on public land issues. Katy continued her conservation and policy work as Program Director for the California League of Conservation Voters from 2003-2011, working on a broad array of local and state-level issues including food security, water policy, ocean issues, climate change, and energy. Since 2011, she split her time between Alaska and Hawaii, founding and operating a music education business in Hawaii. Katy loves to spend time gardening, playing music, and is excited to help grow Catch 49, Alaska’s community seafood hub.
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