Alaska Sea Grant and the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation started a new monthly “Lunch and Learn” program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Bristol Bay Campus in Dillingham. These events bring a subject expert to discuss issues important to the Bristol Bay fishing community.
Over lunch, people come to the Bristol Bay Campus or join by video conference to listen to a presentation and ask questions. The most recent session focused on tax tips for commercial fishers, with pizza provided for those on campus. Despite blizzard conditions, every seat was filled. (Needless to say, we will be offering pizza at future sessions!)
Launched in October, some of the past community lunchtime events included how credit scores impact a fishing operation, Nushagak salmon escapement predictions, salmon price variability, shore leasing programs, and lending opportunities for those interested in getting into fishing or upgrading their operation.
One event was dedicated to information about the Alaska Board of Fisheries, conducted a few weeks before the Board met to consider Bristol Bay finfish. This session provided awareness about the importance of community involvement, as well as tips on how to provide effective written or in-person testimony to the Board.
Some sessions are recorded and available at the Bristol Bay Campus Marine Advisory Program website. If you want to learn more about the Lunch and Learn program or have suggestions for future sessions, please contact Tav Ammu.