Salmon Thirty Salmon
By Andrew Gichard
October 07, 2005
Mr. Ciminel I have read your letter in response to the Alaska
Airlines Salmon Thirty Salmon, and found your letter to be rather
First of all, the federal grant
was not a part of the "recently passed transportation bill".
The project was funded by a local nonprofit agency, the Alaska
Fisheries Marketing Board. The money was given to Alaska Airlines
from a federal funding bill that is being utilized for boosting
the State of Alaska s hurting commercial fishing industry. The
Salmon Thirty Salmon has a several fold purpose:
1. To show that the state of
Alaska has fresh Wild Salmon. Alaska Airlines is the medium
used to transport the Wild Salmon to the lower 48.
2. The Alaska commercial fishing
industry has taken a rather large loss, due to the development
of farmed fish, and foreign fish as well. The flying fish will
show the rest of the nation that the state of Alaska s commercial
fishing industry will come back from a small bump in the road.
3. The flying fish will also
serve a large role of promoting Wild Alaska Seafood.
Let me give you some quick
facts Mr. Ciminel. The following is from the State of Alaska
Seafood is an important driver
of Alaska s export markets, accounting for $1.4 billion or 52
percent of the state s total export market. The U.S. has significantly
increased its appetite for seafood, in particular salmon, as
consumption of fresh and frozen salmon fillets have increased
15 percent annually, according to the Alaska Seafood Marketing
Institute. ASMI s price-tracking program shows increased prices
for all salmon species in 2005.
I urge you, Mr. Ciminel, and
others who are curious about this "pork barrel spending"
project to dig a little bit deeper. I have included the links
to the websites that state the information that will explain
what has really gone on here.
As for your comments about
whether pigs can fly, you had better have your facts straight
before you enter into a debate and start making accusations that
have no grounds. Alaska Airlines is a great airline, and if
you have not noticed they are not in bankruptcy. They are adapting
to the changes in the industry. Heaven forbid that airlines make
it in the tough times that we are trying to go through. I would
offer encouragement to Alaska Airlines, and to the State of Alaska
for trying to turn their commercial fish market.
Eagle River, Alaska - USA
Flying Mullet By Bob Ciminel - Roswell, GA - USA
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