Seafood Processing and Technology
The Alaska seafood industry is the largest private employer in the state. The industry processes 5 billion pounds of fish and shellfish annually, more than 55 percent of the total US catch.
Over 300 large and small firms produce cod fillets, surimi, halibut steaks, and fillet, freeze, can or smoke salmon. Some are multimillion-dollar operations using state-of-the-art filleting and freezing equipment. Others are mom-and-pop operations producing high-quality specialty products for niche markets. All seafood processors face the challenges of competing in a rapidly changing global food industry.
About our Seafood Processing classes and workshops
In support of Alaska’s seafood processing businesses, Alaska Sea Grant offers classes and workshops on seafood safety, quality control, product development, business and marketing operations, leadership training, and other topics.
We also respond to ad hoc requests from companies for training on topics such as HACCP, environmental compliance, wastewater compliance, and microbiology testing.
For more information, please contact Chris Sannito, Seafood Technology Specialist.
Upcoming seafood processing classes
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- February 9–February 11
- March 4, 9:00 am–4:00 pm AKST
- April 1, 8:30 am–4:30 pm AKDT
- April 29, 9:00 am–4:00 pm AKDT
- June 3, 9:00 am–4:00 pm AKDT
Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute (ASPLI)
ASPLI is an intensive professional development program designed for mid-level managers, production foremen, plant supervisors, quality assurance leaders, and small processors who want to advance their careers in seafood processing. The program consists of hands-on technical training, an in-house project on plant operations, and leadership training.
The 2021 Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute has been postponed (check back here for information about training offered in 2022)
- Session 1 Kodiak: Fall, 2022. Hands-on technical training in seafood processing and visits with local processors.
- Session 2 Anchorage: Spring, 2023. Leadership training, human resource development, business management, and marketing.
(participants attend both sessions as part of ASPLI)
Apply for ASPLI
To apply for this program, you must:
- be able to commit to the schedule of events
- Dates to be determined, in Kodiak
- Dates to be determined in-plant project
- Dates to be determined, in Anchorage
- be employed in Alaska, although the processor you work for is not required to be based in Alaska.
- identify a mentor who can provide professional guidance throughout the Institute and help with an individual project. The mentor can be a supervisor or other employee in your seafood processing plant, or someone from a regional nonprofit organization.
- provide the name of a financial sponsor who will support the required contribution.