There are some great opportunities this spring for fishermen of all ages! Get involved in your fishing community and learn a little more about the issues important to your industry. Take a look below for class offerings, events, and contests in your area, as well as websites that are both educational and inspiring. There is a lot to offer Alaska's next generation of young fishermen.
Homer Town Hall Meeting
Alaska Marine Conservation Council & Alaska Food Policy Council
March 17th Homer High School Commons 5:30 to 7:30 P.M.
Attend a community town hall meeting to gather your ideas and opinions about local food and food systems issues from local community members!
The purpose of these meetings is to increase awareness of Alaska food issues, promote involvement in local food issues by community members, and gain a perspective of local food issues to inform AFPC and policy makers.
AMSEA Alaska Marine Safety Education Association
Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Workshop
February 21st 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Kenai Peninsula College — Homer, AK
Marine Technology Class Series: The Next Generation
Feb. 18 LINES, RIGGING AND GEAR – Bulletproof Nets
Presenters will describe types and characteristics of lines, cleats, materials, nets and tools.
Feb. 25 MARINE ELECTRONICS– South Central Radar
Topics include use of radar, autopilots, depth sounders and navigation gear.
March 3 BOAT CONSTRUCTION MATEIRALS – D&D, Bay Welding Presenters will discuss how steel and aluminum boats are built.
March 8 BOAT CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS – Sloth Boatworks Learn how wood and composite boats are built.
March 25 MARINE MECHANICAL SYSTEMS – Desperate Marine
Will introduce basic hydraulic and pump refrigerator systems.
April 1 WHAT MAKES A BOAT GO? – In Demand Marine
Electrical, propulsion, gear box systems as well as maintenance and repair requirements will be described.
Classes run from 6:30 to 9:00 P.M. Fee $25.00 stop by college to sign up in advance
Marine Refrigeration Solutions
Operators Class — Kachemak Gear Shed
May 11th - sign up online!
Kodiak College Vessel Repair and Maintenance
ABYC Marine Electrical Certification
May 18th to 21st
Alaska Premiere of THE BREACH
Thursday, February 19th at 8:00 P.M.
The Bears Tooth Theatrepub in Anchorage
When fishing guide/filmmaker Mark Titus learns why wild salmon populations plummeted in his native Pacific Northwest, he embarks on a journey to discover where the fish have gone and what might bring them back. Along the way, Titus unravels a trail of human hubris, historical amnesia and potential tragedy looming in Alaska – all conspiring to end the most sustainable wild food left on the planet.
Alaska Symphony of Seafood Gala and New Product Contest
Saturday, February 21st at 6:00 P.M. Hilton Anchorage — Alaska Ballroom
You're invited to try Alaska's best new seafood products and vote for your favorite!
Tickets are $50 and available online at www.centertix.net or by calling 907-263-ARTS (2787) or in person at 621 W. 6th Ave in Anchorage. For more info, go to : http://www.afdf.org/symphony-of-seafood/
GENERAL INTEREST & ONLINE EDUCATION
Alaska’s Next Generation of Commercial Fishermen Study
Greying of the fleet research study:
To empower and employ Alaska’s next generation of commercial fishermen.
University of Alaska South East Boat Electrical and Marine Hydraulic Classes
Online Continuing Education http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/start/cont_ed.html
Update on Bering Sea Halibut Bycatch Issue
Halibut fishing to continue in Bering Sea
Full Steam Ahead on Halibut Bycatch Reductions http://www.akmarine.org/halibut-bycatch/
Urban Set-Net Ban
Educate yourself on the allocation issue.
The Salmon Project
The Salmon Project is about Alaskans and our deep, personal relationship with wild salmon.
Share your salmon story http://www.salmonproject.org
APICDA Aleutian Marketplace Business Idea Competition
Deadline March 13th - do it!
JOIN YOUR FISHING COMMUNITY
Cordova Young Fishermen Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/cordovayoungfishermen
The Salmon Project Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/aksalmonproject
Salmon Beyond Borders Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/SalmonBeyondBorders
Aww man I wish I was up in Alaska doing those classes. I hope to go back home to commercial fish again