Alaska’s Community Development Quota (CDQ) program is a unique partnership between at-sea processing companies and some of the state’s most remote communities in Western Alaska. Under the CDQ program, ten percent of the annual Bering Sea Alaska pollock harvest is allocated to communities to promote fisheries development projects. Six regional CDQ groups were formed in 1993 that include 65 communities throughout Western Alaska. State of Alaska CDQ Page.
Five of the CDQ groups have partnered with and invested in APA pollock catcher/processor vessels and companies. These groups’ investments are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. In addition, this partnership provides more than $30 million annually in royalty payments to the CDQ communities as well as providing employment opportunities, job training and other economic benefits.
Each year the APA catcher/processor fleet generates millions of dollars to the Alaska economy. Dutch Harbor/Unalaska - the nations’ #1 fishing port in landings– is the main beneficiary of the fleet’s spending. The dollars that flow into the community especially benefit local providers of goods and services.
Catcher/processor companies pay over $2 million each year in sales and landing taxes to the state of Alaska. The State and the Dutch Harbor/Unalaska communities equally share the 3.3 percent landing tax, which is equivalent to the raw fish taxes paid by shore based processors.
The at-sea fleet also provides economic benefits to other regions, including Southeast Alaska where vessels use maintenance and repair services at the Ketchikan shipyard.
Each year APA sponsors job fairs throughout Alaska to provide employment opportunities for local residents. Work aboard catcher/processor vessels offers long-term, family-wage jobs. Federal maritime law requires that at least three-quarters of all crew members are American citizens or permanent U.S. residents. At-sea processing vessels maintain strict zero tolerance policies for alcohol and drugs.
APA member companies contribute more than $1 million each year to the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska/Fairbanks (UAF). APA partnered with UAF’s School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences to create the Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center (PCCRC) in 2000 to fund marine research projects by university faculty, graduate students and other researchers. Recent projects include studies of Northern fur seals in the Pribilof Islands and pollock reproduction in the eastern Bering Sea, and a seafood technical training program in Western Alaska.
The annual research donations have made the Pollock Conservation Cooperative the single largest private contributor in the University’s history.
Many of the sea creatures residing at the Alaska Sea Life Center at Seward are fed on pollock that is donated by the APA. The fish is transported at no charge to the Center by shipping companies based in Dutch Harbor. The pollock is used by researchers for sea lion feeding studies, and is also enjoyed by seals and other marine creatures that call the Center home.
APA and its member companies are active in promoting Alaska’s fisheries, including participating in the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, the Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers, and the Symphony of Seafood, which spotlights new Alaska seafood products and introduces them to the marketplace.
APA’s support for marine research includes supporting the work of the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward , the North Pacific Universities Marine Mammal Consortium, the PCC Research Center at the University of Alaska/Fairbanks, and the Fishery Industrial Technology Center in Kodiak.