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Reserve space now for Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit

Posted: January 13, 2012 - 1:02am

The fourth Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit is set for Feb. 13-14 in Juneau and registration is now open.

Like the three previous Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summits sponsored by Alaska Sea Grant, next month’s event will provide training and networking opportunities for fishermen entering the business or wishing to take a leadership role in their industry. In all, more than 180 up-and-coming fishermen from Alaska coastal communities have taken part in focused discussions and problem-solving sessions with industry experts and established fishermen.

This year’s summit will take advantage of the Juneau location by introducing participants to the legislative process, discussing issues and concerns of Alaska’s emerging fishermen with members of the legislative Fish Caucus. The group also will travel to the NOAA and the University of Alaska Fairbanks fisheries research facilities to interact with scientists involved in fisheries management.

“We are excited to offer participants a chance to interact with the Alaska Legislature while they are in session, but we’ll need them to make their travel plans a little earlier than usual so they’ll have a nearby place to stay,” said Sunny Rice with the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program.

Fishermen also can apply to receive one of a limited number of scholarships for up to $800 in airfare and hotel costs.

“We are encouraging would-be participants to talk to any fishing organizations they belong to before applying. We’d love to partner with their organizations to get them to Juneau,” said Rice.

To learn more about the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit, hotel rates, and travel scholarships, visit the website at www.marineadvisory.org, or contact:

Sunny Rice, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, Petersburg; 907-772-3381, sunny.rice@alaska.edu.

Torie Baker, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, Cordova; 907-424-7542, torie.baker@alaska.edu.

The Alaska Sea Grant College Program is a statewide marine research, education, communication and extension service at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Alaska Sea Grant is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in partnership with the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program is a statewide university extension and technical assistance program that helps Alaskans wisely use, conserve, and enjoy Alaska’s marine and coastal resources.

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