Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Contact: Sherri Pristash, firstname.lastname@example.org
For Powerpoint presentations, please see the agenda.
Participants attending this conference will look for ways for Alaska coastal communities to gain a voice in local fisheries management. Many of Alaska's coastal communities, rich with vibrant histories and diverse cultures and economies, face an uncertain future. In most coastal communities, the local economy is fueled by a combination of government spending, subsistence activities, and, in the private sector, fisheries and other resource development. As government spending declines, the role of the private economy becomes more important.
In recent years, fishery managers have focused on managing fisheries for biological and economic sustainability. Often, the challenge of addressing overcapitalization ("too many boats chasing too few fish") has led to limited-entry programs, which use tools such as limiting licenses (as is the case with the salmon and herring fisheries) or allocating a specific amount of quota to individuals (seen in the halibut and sablefish IFQ program).
Fishery management regulations, and limited access in particular, clearly impact fishing communities. While there are considerable benefits to limiting access, such as longer fishing seasons, increased efficiency, improved product quality, and increased value of the fishery, there also has been a trend of fishing activity and supporting industries migrating from rural coastal communities to more urban areas. This out-migration of fishing activity can result in weaker local economies and a less certain future for Alaska's coastal communities.
Understanding and considering impacts to coastal communities should be a necessary step in the fishery management process. This conference will address such questions as:
The conference is designed for Alaska coastal community residents, fishermen, processors, fishery managers, and others interested in this topic. Speakers, panels, and breakout working sessions will address these questions. A conference report will summarize the exchanges.
The registration desk will open at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, April 21. Stop by to register or pick up your conference materials. The program will begin at 9:00 a.m. with opening remarks and will proceed with panel presentations. Friday's schedule will begin with case studies in the morning, breakout working groups in the afternoon, and a reception in the early evening. On Saturday, April 23, the working groups will report their recommendations, followed by a discussion on how to implement those recommendations. The meeting will conclude at midday Saturday. A light continental breakfast will be available in the meeting room each morning; other meals will be on your own.
See the conference agenda for more detailed information. The agenda includes links to PowerPoint presentations, in PDF format.
The conference will be held at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown Hotel. The Marriott offers a variety of guest amenities, including fine dining, a business center, health club, swimming pool, and whirlpool. Many rooms have great views.
Guest room accommodations are available for conference participants at a special rate of $85.00 per night, single or double occupancy. Add 8% tax to all room prices. Be sure to make your reservations by March 21 to get the special group rate. Make reservations directly with the Marriott:
Anchorage Marriott Downtown Hotel
The registration fee is $75.00 per person if received by April 8. From April 9 to 14, registration is $100. After April 14, registration will be available only on-site at $100.00 per person. The fee covers a light continental breakfast and break refreshments daily, a reception, and conference materials. You are urged to register and pay your fees in advance so that adequate materials are available.
Make checks payable to Alaska Sea Grant College Program (money order or US funds check from US bank). Visa and MasterCard are also accepted. If it becomes necessary to cancel your registration, fees will be refunded at 75% if notice is received by April 1.
Sherri Pristash, Coordinator