Much of the seafood caught by members of the FCN have a lower carbon footprint than other fish that is farmed, fished, packaged and shipped around the world. First of all, Sitka's community-based seafood processing plants package and ship products direct from the fishermen. Secondly, the processors are powered by Southeast Alaska's abundant hydro-electric power. With over 100 inches of rainfall per year, hydro-power in the region is renewable, sustainable and carbon-free. Given all that, FCN fishermen strive to reduce their carbon footprint even more.
The Fishery Conservation Network is evaluating ways to reduce their fuel use and carbon footprint. Approaches include:
- Re-powering with newer, fuel efficient engines.
- Adding fuel flow meters to provide detailed information on fuel consumption.
- Increasing the efficiency of vessel movement through the water with hull and equipment design changes.
In collaboration with the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation and generous support from the Oak Foundation, ASFT and ALFA provide members with fuel flow meters and help create on-line energy audits that allow members to evaluate costs and benefits of efficiency upgrades. They currently intend to evaluate power options, propeller tuning, bulbous bows and stern flaps.
Consumers concerned about the carbon footprint of their food can join Alaskans Own CSF and be assured that their seafood has one of the smallest carbon footprints possible in the seafood industry. The carbon saving described above are multiplied by the short supply chain of direct sales o locally produced seafood. To learn more about Alaskans Own CSF, visit its page on this site, email or call (907) 738-2275.