New Classes Offered at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center

 We received the following information about the exciting new classes that will be offered at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center this fall. 

Seafood Quality Control Training Program November 10-19.

This intensive 80-hour class is designed for QC employees or those planning to enter that position.  Topics include: sanitation, chilling, pest control, fish handling, spoilage, rigor, grading, icing, environmental regs, SSOP, computer spreadsheets, solution mixing, product specifications, audit compliance, compliance programs such as OSHA, EPA, FDA, DEC, how to start and manage a QC program and other topics.  We will follow the class with a 2-day HACCP class on November 20 and 21.  We have four instructors for this class: Chris Sannito and Brian Himelbloom from UAF Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center,  Alex Oliveira, technical director with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and Brandii Holmdahl, Icicle Seafoods.  Registration and more information can be found at Seafood Processing Quality Control Training | Marine Advisory Program | Alaska Sea Grant  This training will result in a certificate of completion from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.


Ammonia Refrigeration Training Class December 15-19

This 5-day ammonia refrigeration training class is designed to introduce technicians to ammonia refrigeration system safety, theory, design, operation, and maintenance. The class runs from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. The instructor is Dan Mielke, UAA. The course will be a combination of in-class study, observation of operating equipment, and hands-on training with an emphasis on plant operation.  The class offers 4CEUs.  For more information, see Ammonia Refrigeration Training Class or attached.

2014 Permanent Fund Dividend is $1884

Below is a press release from the Office of the Governor announcing the amount of the PFD.

September 17, 2014, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today announced that the 2014 Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) will be $1,884.00. The first dividends will be paid on October 2, when approximately 510,731 applicants will receive a direct deposit into their bank account, and 88,186 will be mailed a check. Paper checks will enter the U.S. mail system on October 2 from Juneau.

674,538 Alaskans applied for the 2014 dividend this year – an increase of approximately 1,587 applications from 2013.

More than $944.4 million will be directly deposited into Alaskans’ bank accounts this year, with a total distribution, including checks, of $1.1 billion. Beginning October 2, and continuing monthly thereafter, applications that become eligible will be paid either by check or direct deposit.

Alaskans wondering about their application status may use the “myPFDinfo” online portal. It is a quick and easy way to review current and prior year application information. To use this feature, applicants should visit and click on the blue “myPFDinfo” button. To log in, applicants will need an Alaska driver’s license, Alaska ID, or myAlaska credentials.

The Pick.Click.Give. program had 26,850 applicants go online and pledge 44,693 individual charitable contributions, amounting to approximately $2.8 million, the highest totals since the program began six years ago. 511 nonprofit organizations benefited from the voluntary program this year.

The fund has recovered from the losses of 2009. Following the Great Recession, on June 30, 2009, the fund had a balance of $29.9 billion. By June 30, 2014, the corporation had rebuilt and grown the fund to $51.2 billion – a 71% increase.

“I want to congratulate the staff and trustees of the Permanent Fund Corporation on meeting the financial challenges of the last 5 years and for building Alaskans’ fund into a legacy we can all be proud of. I also want to extend my thanks to the Department of Revenue staff who processed the many applications,” Governor Parnell said.

This year marks the 33rd dividend paid to Alaskans. An individual who qualified for all of the Permanent Fund Dividends to date has received $37,027.41. Following the 2014 dividend payment, the total funds disbursed to Alaskans by the division since inception of the dividend program, including the Resource Rebate, will total more than $21.9 billion.