Upcoming Virtual Fishermen’s Expo includes commercial and subsistence fishing workshops
The following press release is courtesy of the Alaska Longline Fisherman’s Association:
Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association and Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust Host Spring Virtual Fishermen’s EXPO, Free Educational Workshops for Local Commercial and Subsistence Fishermen of All Gear Types
The Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA) and Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust (ASFT) are hosting a Fall Angler’s Expo on Nov. 9 to provide educational workshops and training to new and experienced local anglers as well as other others interested in the fishing industry. During this EXPO, all workshops and presentations will be offered virtually.
Commercial and subsistence fishers of all gear types will have the opportunity to attend free, interactive courses on buying licenses and quotas, recycling gear, Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project updates, PredictWind updates, marine mammal deterrents and proposed regulations, mental health and commercial fishing, harmful algal blooms and more. Presenters include Maddie Lightsey with Alaska Boats and Permits, Nick Olsen of PredictWind, Nicole Baker with Net Your Problem, Leann Fay with AMSEA, Kim Raum-Suryan with NOAA, Michael Lammert with National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Julie Matweyou with Alaska Sea Grant , Steve Kibler of NOAA, Lange Solberg of the Electronic Deckhand Logbook, and Lauren Mitchell of the NPFMC Advisory Committee.
Participants are encouraged to participate in as many sessions as they can. Raffle prizes are available for those who attend the sessions.
Please contact Natalie Sattler at [email protected] or 907-738-1286 with any questions. Visit alfafish.org for the full schedule of events and to register. All presentations will allow time for questions.
This series is part of an effort by ALFA and ASFT to provide resources and educational opportunities for anglers, especially those new to the industry. “Thanks to the support of our sponsors and ALFA members, we are able to offer these workshops free and open to the public,” said Linda Behnken, Managing Director of ALFA.
ALFA is an alliance of small commercial fishing vessels that support sustainable fishing and thriving coastal communities by involving fishers in research, advocacy and conservation initiatives.
ASFT is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening fishing communities and marine resources through research, education and economic opportunity.