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Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF)
Leading Alaska's Fisheries Toward a Sustainable Future 

Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation

Founded in 1978, AFDF is dedicated to empowering sustainable growth and innovation within Alaska's seafood industry through collaborative partnerships, research-driven initiatives, and community focused programs.

The Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act, which was originally passed in 1976, contained language which allowed for the formation of regional fishery development foundations for the purpose of building infrastructure for the newly claimed American fishery resources. Shortly thereafter, six regional fisheries development foundations were created, however, only AFDF remains active today.

AFDF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and has a Board of Directors that represents harvesters, processors and support sector businesses. 


Community ImpactEmpowering local communities to thrive through trusted partnerships and shared responsibility.
Environmental StewardshipUpholding a strong commitment to sustainable practices for the preservation of Alaska's fisheries and marine ecosystems. 
Innovative SolutionsPioneering efficiency and modernization in maritime practices.
Promote ProsperityDriving economic growth, job creation, and responsible business practices for a resilient seafood industry.
Shared KnowledgeCommitment to sharing knowledge by educating individuals and communities in sustainable fishing practices, seafood processing, and the economic importance of our industry. 

Explore our website to learn more about past and present AFDF projects.