Wrangell, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, organizer of the Alaska Symphony of Seafood since 1994, is announcing the postponement of the Symphony event planned for November 2020 due to the ongoing health and safety issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rescheduling for the event is planned for the Spring of 2021 with a Call for Product to be reissued in early 2021.
Despite some re-opening measures nationally and locally, there are still far too many uncertainties about the impact that COVID-19 will have on travel and mass gatherings this November in Seattle.
Accordingly, it is impossible to hold an in-person event that would provide an experience that the Alaska seafood industry finds so valuable within the Symphony. AFDF will continue to monitor the COVID-19 health crisis and will provide monthly updates to the industry and partners on the 2021 rescheduled event.
Additionally, AFDF will explore exciting opportunities to hold virtual events throughout the year, celebrating past Symphony winners along with new value-added products made from Alaska Seafood.
The Symphony is designed to support and promote the Alaska seafood industry and is 100% supported by industry.
After AFDF polled industry partners and participants, it became evident that COVID-19 has and will continue to hinder much of the industry’s ability to produce new value-added products or participate in the Symphony within such close proximity to the peak of the pandemic, whether in-person or virtual. Without healthy participation by industry, the benefits of an in-person or virtual event are limiting.