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Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit covers critical topics in fisheries business, safety, and resource management

poster advertising 2021 Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit

Fishermen from around the state gathered online last week for the ninth Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit (AYFS). The goal of AYFS is to educate new commercial fishermen in the business, financial, and regulatory aspects of running a sustainable commercial fishing operation.  Usually held in person, the summit was offered online during the evenings and condensed…

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Alaska Sea Grant attends Pacific Marine Expo

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Alaska Sea Grant has been attending the Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle for at least four decades. This year, Alaska Sea Grant hosted a booth at the November 18–20 event to network and share information with people in marine industries across California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Pacific Marine Expo is an annual trade show that…

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Theresa Peterson to keynote Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit

Teresa Peterson

Alaska Sea Grant will host the ninth Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit (AYFS) from December 6–9. Theresa Peterson will provide the keynote address. Peterson is an active subsistence and commercial fisherman and long-time resident of Kodiak. Her experience includes pot fishing, set netting, seining, drift netting, longlining, and jigging. She is the Fisheries Policy Director at…

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Rockfish study adds local ecological knowledge to inform fisheries management

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Over 35 species of rockfish live in the waters off the coast of Alaska. Rockfish have been harvested for subsistence for thousands of years, and commercially and recreationally fished since the early 1800s. Because rockfish are slow to reproduce, they are vulnerable to overfishing and require sound management to keep populations healthy. Some rockfish populations…

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New law supports training for young fishermen

Young fisherman practicing Mayday calls

The “Young Fishermen’s Development Act” was signed into law on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. The goal of the act is to “preserve United States fishing heritage through a national program dedicated to training and assisting the next generation of commercial fishermen.” The bill received bipartisan support and was championed by Reps. Young (AK), Moulton (MA),…

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Gearing up for summit of young fishermen

Selfie of Chris and Iris Nash on the water

The eighth Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit (AYFS) is coming soon. Sponsored by Alaska Sea Grant, the three-day networking and skill-building conference is aimed at new entrants in Alaska’s commercial fishing industry to help them manage and grow their businesses. Next month, it’ll be held at the Westmark Baranof Hotel in downtown Juneau, January 21–23, 2020.…

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