Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak was awarded a $458,665 grant to support entering the seafood industry.

“This is a tremendous boost to our efforts at entering the seafood industry and provide jobs and income to tribal members and tribal fishers, along with achieving profitability,” Sun’aq CEO Bob Polasky said in a press release.

The grant was awarded by the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) and will support Sun’aq Tribes’ Kodiak Island Wildsource seafood venture.

The award supports the first year of a three-year project and will provide funding for equipment, salaries, training and marketing, Polasky said.

For the second year of the project the grant will provide $498,496 while the final year provides for $421,058 from ANA.

Each year is a separate award and depends on the successful implementation of the project.

Last year the tribe successfully chartered a tribal corporation under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, administered through the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

In January the tribe purchased Kodiak Island Wildsource, a startup seafood company, and began marketing efforts in the Lower 48 of its fish products.

The ANA grant will support efforts to increase marketing throughout Indian country and internationally.

Over the three-year project Kodiak Island Wildsource expects to increase production and sales of its value-added salmon product from 10,000 to 250,000 pounds.

Mirror writer Louis Garcia can be reached via e-mail at lgarcia@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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