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By Dan Rudy 

From supplements to textiles, creative uses for seafood byproduct on the rise


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The Juneau-based company Tidal Vision is launching a new line of salmon-skin leather wallets this week. Tidal Vision and other companies are coming up with creative uses for seafood byproduct that will bolster the value of Alaska's seafood industry.

Public and private groups are looking at new ways to enhance the value of Alaska's seafood industry. The multibillion-dollar sector is of significant importance to the state's economy, and Southeast is among its largest harvesters of fish and shellfish.

In 2013, Southeast fishermen brought in a record catch of 479 million pounds, worth $375 million. This was a 79-percent increase over the previous year, according to the 2014 By the Numbers report produced by Rain Coast Data for the Southeast Conference.

Fishing and seafood processing provide 4,260 jobs in the region and 390 jobs in Wrangell...

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