This “selling out” of our high seas and distant shores hits closer to home than I ever realized it could. Over the past months, I have been in negotiation with an unnamed reality production crew, which was interested in the Commercial Fishing Film Festival. Unfortunately, I can’t really mention too many details about the “proposed” reality show due to legal mumbo jumbo. Initially, I drank the “Hollywood Kool-Aid” and was profoundly inspired by the possibilities of this new found partnership. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I had pretty much signed away any creative rights for “our” future project. Luckily, with a little back pedaling and stalling, I was able to back away from the deal. I instantly realized the unique quality of The Commercial Fishing Film Festival is in its raw independent nature. These are real fishermen, capturing real moments, with their own personal twist on their reality. Most of all, these voices and visions aren’t being stifled by some producer who knows absolutely nothing about Alaska or fishermen. If you are as disgusted of fake reality shows, tune into www.fishfilmfest.com for hundreds of commercial fishing videos uploaded by from various fishermen around the world.
It’s easy to understand the appeal of these “reality” shows. Adventure, discovery, and exploration are really at the heart of the American dream. Sadly, these ideals are being packaged by Hollywood and mass produced for prime time television at the cost of true Alaskans. Edge Of Alaska, really? Let’s hope that the redneck roundup of ridiculous reality shows finds a new land to tarnish. In the meantime… Have you seen the latest episode of Alaskan Bush People?
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The record salmon landings in Alaska in 2013, combined with the huge production of pink salmon, have pushed salmon past tuna as the second most consumed seafood in the United States, after shrimp.Imports of farmed salmon in all forms increased from 590 million to 620 million lbs, which is only 5%, meaning that it was Alaska salmon that drove the increased consumption. Incidentally, this year, salmon imports year to date are up 8% meaning that this strong consumer usage of salmon is continuing.NFI has released their overall calculation of per capita consumption based on NOAA’S Fisheries of the US report for 2013, released this week. Overall in 2013, seafood consumption was remarkably stable, edging upward to 14.5 lbs of edible weight per person, from 14.4 lbs. in 2012. This change is statistically insignificant.