ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A small Native seafood processing company took top honors in this year's Symphony of Seafood contest.
Maserculiq Fish Processors of Marshall beat out 17 products offered by 12 other companies to take the grand prize and first place in the smoked products category with its ''Yukon King Seafoods Traditional Salmon Strips.''
Contestants must use seafood from Alaska when coming up with their contest entries.
Seven judges spent nearly five hours Friday grading each product. The public was invited Saturday to sample the entries.
Winners of the contest get free exhibit space at the International Boston Seafood Show in March where the products will be introduced to top buyers from the Lower 48.
''Smoked Wild Salmon'' from C & H Classic Smoked Fish of Cathlamet, Wash., took second place in the smoked products category. ''Nilnilchik Lox'' from Deep Creek Custom Packing in Nilnilchik took third place.
''Salmon Sausage Pizza Topping'' made by Kake Foods won the Foodservice category. Trident Tabasco Cod Fillet Tenders from Trident Seafoods Corp. of Seattle won second place. Third place went to ''Southwestern Glazed Ocean Cut'' from American Seafoods International, also of Seattle.
''Ship Ahoy Teriyaki Salmon'' made by Icicle Seafoods of Seattle won the retail category. Aqua Cuisine of Boise, Idaho, took second place with ''Seafood Classic -- Salmon Santa Fe.'' Third place was won by Gorton's of Gloucester, Mass., with ''Traditional Seasoned Skillet Fillets.''
The contest is organized by the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation and is sponsored in part by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.
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