ASMI Annual Meeting Reviews Difficult 2016 and Looks at Challenges and Opportunities in 2017
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - October 26,2016
Despite Alaska’s fiscal crisis, a disasterous pink salmon season, problems with pollock fillet prices, and a strong dollar that makes exports of Alaska’s seafood painful at best, Alexa Tonkovich is optimistic.
“I’ll go out on a limb and say it -- I’m excited for the week ahead and I’m excited for the year ahead,” the executive director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute told a standing-room only crowd at the All Hands Meeting in Anchorage yesterday.
“We have so much energy, passion, and creativity in this room,” she said. “I am consistently impressed with the great work our staff and contractors do and the creativity in our organization.”
Tonkovich acknowledged challenges beyond ASMI’s influence: the Russian import ban, Brexit, climate change, and eNGO pressures, but said the three-day meeting should not be “all doom and gloom.”
“We should not forget that we are lucky enough to promote the best seafood in the world...
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