Murkowski announces grant awards

State to give $9.5 million through its fisheries development program

Posted: Monday, September 22, 2003

The state will distribute about $9.5 million to 36 recipients through its 2003 Fisheries Economic Development Program, Gov. Frank Murkowski said Friday.

The grants, which include 14 Southeast recipients, are part of a $50 million salmon fishery revitalization plan Murkowski announced last month. They consist of one-time match-grant funding for new fisheries-related infrastructure projects or for the expansion or improvement of existing projects.

"The economic development grant program is designed to spur productivity and innovation in Alaska's fishing industry," the governor said.

Murkowski said the state received 146 grant requests for more than $105 million. Projects receiving funding ranged from under $10,000 for new quality controls on direct-market vessels to $2.15 million for an all-tide dock complex in Dillingham, Murkowski said.

The state did not release funding amounts for all awardees.

Pelican Seafoods, which requested $274,550 for new processing equipment, was among the awardees. Staff at Pelican declined to comment Friday, saying they had not yet been notified of the grant. A number of companies in Sitka and Petersburg are on the award list, as well as Angoon, Coffman Cove and Elfin Cove.

The grants are being awarded on a matching basis, requiring a 50 percent contribution from private companies, and a 25 percent contribution from public-sector entities and nonprofit groups.

Also on Friday, Murkowski announced $10 million in matching funds for private-industry marketing.

"By inviting proposals from the private sector on how to better market Alaska's wild salmon, and by requiring a match, we hope to unleash the creative energy of the private sector to promote sales," he said.

The funds will be available in three categories. The Major Grant Program is directed at larger companies and does not carry a funding limit. Mini Grant Program awards, which will focus on mid-sized companies, will range up to $200,000. Smaller companies can apply for the Micro Grant Program, in which awards will be limited to $25,000. The application deadline is Oct. 24.

Information on how to apply for the grants is available at http://www.dced.state.ak.us/cbd/seafood/revitalization/marketing.htm.

Grant recipients

• AQE Fishermen's Market for freezers, ice machine, waste grinder and other items.

• City of Angoon for fish-buying station upgrades.

• City of Coffman Cove for processing facility and marketing.

• City of Wrangell for value-added center, flash freezer and cold storage.

• Community of Elfin Cove for community fish-buying station.

• Donald Natkong Sr. of Hydaburg for freezing system.

• Icy Strait Seafoods for roe equipment.

• Krestof Clam Co. for intertidal geoduck and Littleneck clam mariculture.

• Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association in Petersburg for live salmon process and marketing project.

• Pelican Seafoods for processing equipment.

• Petersburg Economic Development Council for cold storage and freight consolidation facility.

• Seafood Producers Cooperative for fillet equipment.

• Tammy Lin Fisheries in Sitka for vacuum packer, bags and compressor.

• Tonka Seafoods in Petersburg for processing equipment upgrade.

• Whiting Harbor Oyster Farm in Sitka for aquafarm improvements.

• Wind and Tide, Inc. in Sitka for processing equipment.



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