A few years back, longtime Alaska fisherman Malcolm Milne told a roomful of young fishermen to engage in the decision-making processes affecting their livelihoods. He actually said it better: “As a small boat fisherman, if you are not at the table you’re on the menu.” We believe him. We’ve curated a list of current resources to help young fishermen today – in and beyond the arena of regulation and policy.
We’re always looking for new ideas from our members, so please contact us if there are other resources you would like to see listed here.
Minding Your Fish Business
Marketing Your Catch
Training and Work Opportunities
Without contacts in the commercial fishing industry, it can be difficult to land that first crew position. Utilizing online job boards and Facebook pages can be an effective way to connect with employers if you do not already have port connections or the ability to walk the docks and connect directly with skippers.
State of the Science
All Things Considered
Current and in-depth Alaska fishery news and information is available from a number of sources ranging from Tom Gemmel’s infamous “Alaska Fish Notes” to iconic radio programs and other online, on-air and print sources and projects.
Fishermen’s Associations & Alliances
There are a number of fishing organizations and associations in Alaska that provide critical information and involvement opportunities for active fishermen. The Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association, Alaska Jig Association, Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association, North Pacific Fisheries Association and United Fishermen of Alaska are just a few. Get involved in your local fishing organization!