Shawna Williams, owner of the F/V Lola Grace, and Keith Boyle, owner of the Snickers, work together to load their flats nets onto their boats in preparation of the first Copper River commercial fishing opener on May 16, 2019. File photo by Keith Boyle for The Cordova Times

Registration begins in October for the 2023 Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit, set for Dec. 5-7 in Anchorage. The summit is open to new entrants of any age interested in learning more about owning and operating a commercial fishing business. 

The summit, organized biennially by Alaska Sea Grant, offers three days of intensive training and networking opportunities to educate future leaders of the Alaska commercial fishing industry.  Summit sessions are led by industry experts in fishing business management, the fisheries management process, the role of Alaska seafood in the global marketplace, and the science of fisheries management. 

Training includes practice in public speaking, learning to navigate the Alaska Board of Fisheries and North Pacific Fishing Management Council processes, and collaborating on solutions to issues and topics of importance to the Alaska fishing industry. 

Also included are field trips, which may be to management meetings, universities, laboratories, hatcheries, and legislative offices. 

Alaska Sea Grant notes that the summit relies on financial support of fishing associations, skippers, economic development groups, and related businesses. They welcome sponsors of individual participants in specific fisheries or organizations, as well as donations directly to the summit. Contributors are acknowledged in all printed conference materials, on the Alaska Sea Grant website, and on the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit Facebook page. 

A limited number of scholarships are available to cover travel expenses.  

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Contact Marine Advisory Agent Julie Matweyou at [email protected] for further information. 

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