Governor Michael J. Dunleavy and First Lady Rose Dunleavy take a moment to share a photo with representatives tht attended the ASMI Seafood Luncheon that featured Alaska seafood.
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Governor Michael J. Dunleavy and First Lady Rose Dunleavy returned Thursday from their first trade mission to Japan dedicated to promoting Alaska’s abundant natural resources.
On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Gov. Dunleavy spoke at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Seafood Trade Luncheon to an audience that included representatives from the major seafood companies operating in Japan and Alaska.
“Alaska’s fisheries management is the gold standard of sustainability, a model for the world over, and our healthy seafood will be available for your children and your children’s children, just as it will be for our own future generations,” said Governor Dunleavy. “The Alaska Seafood Industry and the State of Alaska wish to reaffirm our commitment to the Japanese market and look forward to continuing this long partnership.”
The governor also pledged to work hand in hand with Alaska’s congressional delegation and trade representatives in the Trump administration to exclude Alaska seafood from the next phase of tariff negotiations to ensure that Alaska seafood is competitively priced with seafood from other nations.
Eighty percent of Alaska’s seafood is exported to Japan and it is our second-largest trading partner. Last year’s total exports to Japan were valued at $783 million.
This month marks a chapter in the history of both Japan and Alaska. In November 1969, the first shipment of Alaska LNG from the Kenai LNG Terminal arrived at the Negishi LNG Receiving Terminal outside Tokyo. Governor Dunleavy toured the receiving terminal on Wednesday, Nov. 6 with executives from Tokyo Gas.
More from News of the North
Teen killed in Nikiski ATV crash
Nikiski, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska State Troopers said Skylar Thomas Lyon, 14, of Nikiski, died after an ATV crashed into a tree on Monday night.
Three held on various charges after jail break
Stebbins, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska State Troopers said three men were arrested for allegedly stealing two four wheelers and later threatening officers with steel pipes, an ax and an anchor.
Alaska's Mount Marathon race postponed by virus until 2021
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Organizers said an annual extreme mountain race in Alaska has been postponed until next year over coronavirus concerns.
Landfield will run for Senate District L in Anchorage
Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - Blogger, writer and past political candidate Jeff Landfield has decided to make another run for the Alaska Senate as an Independent against Sen. Natasha von Imhof.
Assembly opposes merger of UAS
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The CBJ weighed in with a thumbs down to any suggestion the University of Alaska Southeast merge with either the University of Alaska Anchorage or the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Senior care project hits roadblock
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The pandemic, uncertain economy, and competition in the senior care market led to a request by a local firm to alter its deal with the CBJ.
Lease extension sought by Montessori School
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The CBJ Assembly Lands and Resources Committee agreed to renew the lease at the Montessori School for $2,000 per month.
Seattle imposes curfew again following violent protests
Seattle (AP) - Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced the city would again have a curfew Monday evening following days of George Floyd protests that turned violent, with storefronts smashed and items stolen.
Assembly to discuss extending 14-day requirement locally
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly will hold two public hearings at tonight’s 6 p.m. special meeting.
Fishing trawler in Washington state has 86 coronavirus cases
Bellingham, Washington (AP) - Officials say a fishing trawler in Washington state has 86 crew members who tested positive for the coronavirus.
DHSS reports 7 new COVID-19 cases statewide
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The daily report from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services found the state added seven new cases of COVID-19 on Monday morning.
Committee hears update on Centennial Hall
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The CBJ Public Works and Facilities Committee Monday reaffirmed its decision last December to proceed with the design of improvements at Centennial Hall.