fish processorAlaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute (ASPLI)

A training program for future leaders in the seafood industry

The Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute (ASPLI) is an intensive professional development program designed for mid-level managers, production foremen, plant supervisors, quality assurance leaders, and small processors who want to advance their careers in seafood processing. The program will begin in October 2013 and includes a number of training components through March 2014. About 20 applicants will be accepted. Applications must be received by September 15, 2013. To apply, fill out and submit an application, available online or as a printable PDF.

Participants must be able to commit to the schedule below and must be employed in Alaska, although the processor is not required to be based in Alaska. The cost for each participant is $3,500, which includes all travel, lodging, and course fees. Attendees who complete the program will receive a Certificate of Participation. The Boston trip is not required for the certificate of participation; however, the trip is included in the overall cost.

Seafood companies are invited to sponsor an employee; please see the invitation to processors.

The Institute

Kodiak: October 29–November 6, 2013

Hands-on technical training in seafood processing at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, and visits with local processors. Topics include the science of seafood, shelf life, quality and safety of Alaska's fishery products, product development, lean manufacturing, new processing technologies, and seafood marketing. Local plant managers will share their experiences in the seafood industry and their perspectives on management.

Anchorage: March 10–14, 2014

Leadership training, human resource development, business management and marketing. Attendees will learn from management consultants about effective communication, conflict resolution, and project planning and evaluation skills. Industry representatives from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and others will teach market trends, and staff from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation will discuss seafood safety compliance.

Boston (optional): March 16–18, 2014

A guided visit to the Boston Seafood Show and field trips to secondary processors on the East Coast. The Boston Seafood Show, the largest marketing venue for seafood in the United States, will provide an opportunity to understand Alaska’s important role in the global seafood market. Participants will be assigned projects that require them to interact with vendors, seafood buyers, and sellers. After the show, participants will visit New Bedford seafood processors to learn about their innovations and challenges.

Project work

Over the winter, each participant will work with a mentor to identify and complete a project of interest to his or her company.


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