Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit

December 7-9, 2009 • Hilton Hotel - Anchorage

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

6:00 - 8:00 pm


Hilton Hotel Lobby

Monday, December 7, 2009

8:00 – 8:30 am

Late Registration and Coffee

8:30 – 9:00 am

Welcome and Introductions

Paula Cullenberg, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program Leader

9:00– 9:45 am

Keynote Addresses

Al Burch, Alaska Whitefish Trawlers Association

Linda Behnken, Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association

9:45– 10:00 am


Session I: Understanding Alaska Seafood's Role in World Markets

10:00 - 10:15 am

Alaska Seafood in the Global Marketplace

John Sackton -

10:15 - 10:30 am

Alaska Seafood in European Markets

Steve Wardley - Findus Group, UK

10:30 - 11:15 am

Panel: Alaska Seafood in World Markets

Steve Wardley - Findus Group, UK

Gunnar Knapp - UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research

Joe Egemo - Copper River Seafoods

John Sackton -

11:15 - 11:30 am


11:30 - 11:45 am

Sustainability around the World

Cathy Roheim - University of Rhode Island

11:45 - 12:30 pm

Panel: Sustainability and Alaska Seafood

Cathy Roheim - University of Rhode Island

Rhonda Hubbard - F/V Kruzof

Steve Wardley - Findus Group, UK

Laura Fleming - Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

12:30 - 1:30 pm


Session II: Money Matters

1:30 - 2:15 pm

Basic Business Concepts

Glenn Haight - AK Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program and Bruce Gabrys, MBA, CPA, Mikunda, Cottrell & Co.

Jerry Liboff - Commercial fisherman and tax preparer

2:15 - 3:30 pm

Small Group Work in Real Life Business Scenarios

Lea Klingert - Commercial Fishing and Agricultur Bank

Rick Wolk - University of Alaska Southeast

Mark Manning - Maritime Attorney

Glenn Caldwell - Alaska Boats and Permits

Lujean Fedotov - Division of Investments

Rhonda Hubbard - F/V Kruzof

Cynthia Wallesz - Lofoten Fish Company

Jerry Liboff - Accountant and Fisherman

3:30 - 4:15 pm

Report back on small group work

4:15 - 4:30 pm


4:30 - 4:50 pm

Onboard Risk Management

Jerry Dzugan - Alaska Marine Safety Education Association

4:50 - 5:00 pm

Wrap-up and Next Day Introduction

6:00 - 7:30 pm

Informal Reception with Participants and All Speakers - Top of the World Lounge

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

8:00 – 8:30 am


Session III: The Management and Science of Alaska's Fisheries

8:30 - 9:00 am

Introduction to the History of Fisheries Management in Alaska

Phil Smith - Smith Consulting, NOAA Fisheries (retired)

9:00 - 9:25 am

Introduction to the Federal Regulatory Process

Gerry Merrigan - Prowler Fisheries

9:25 - 9:50 am

Introduction to the State Regulatory Process

Sue Aspelund - Alaska Department of Fish and Game

9:50 -10:10 am


10:10 - 10:30 am

Introduction to Fisheries Management Methods

Gary Freitag - Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program

10:30 - 11:15 pm

Panel: Fisheries Managers and Fishermen - Making Relationships Work

William Bergmann - Area Management Biologist (ret.), ADF&G

Jim Hubbard, F/V Kruzof

Phil Smith - Smith Consulting, NOAA Fisheries (ret.)

11:15 – 11:45 pm

Survival Suit Break

11:45 – 12:30 pm

Panel: What Will Our Oceans Look Like in 20 Years?

Gordon Kruse - University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

Phil Mundy - NOAA Fisheries

John Hilsinger - Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Jeremy Mathis - University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

12:00 - 1:30 pm


1:30 - 2:15 pm

Public Speaking Training: Making Your Testimony Count

Barclay Kopchak - Prince William Sound Community College

2:15 - 2:45 pm

On the Importance of Fishing Organization Leadership

Eric Jordan - F/V I Gotta

2:45 – 3:00 pm


3:00 - 3:45 pm

Small group strategy session

3:45 - 4:30 pm

Report back and discussion to/with established fishermen's panel

Eric Jordon - F/V I Gotta

Jim and Rhonda Hubbard - F/V Kruzof

Rep. Bill Thomas

Linda Behnken - F/V Woodstock

4:30 - 5:00 pm


6:00 - 8:00 pm

Appetizer Reception with North Pacific Fishery Management Council and Alaska Board of Fisheries - Top of the World

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

  Optional Fish-Related Training Opportunities
All workshop space is limited. Sign up in advance (contact information is listed).
8:00 am- noon

Nonprofit Boards: Understanding the Rules of the Road – Foraker Group

Hilton Hotel, Aspen Room

Are you considering joining a fishing association, CDQ or hatchery board? Or your local Fish and Game Advisory Committee, your harbor board or starting your own organization? This half-day course will provide answers about what joining a board really means. Taught by the Foraker Group and sponsored by the Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank, the workshop will cover questions to ask before joining a board, roles and responsibilities of board members, how to effectively participate in the non-profit verse advocacy world – all within the context of boards commercial fishermen need to join to strengthen business and community ties. To register, contact: Sunny Rice

Sponsored by the Commercial Fishing and Agriculture bank

1:00 - 4:30 pm

Direct Marketing: Is it Right for My Operation?

Can I really make more money selling my own fish? What is a Catcher-Seller verses a Direct Marketer? What does FOB Seattle mean? Glenn Haight, Greg Fisk, Quentin Fong and Izetta Chambers of Marine Advisory Program will teach this afternoon workshop for individuals considering moving their commercial seafood products further into the seafood market. The workshop will cover state regulations, seafood marketing, business planning, and other aspects of direct marketing your catch, and will highlight current operations around the state. To register, contact : Glenn Haight
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

USCG - Certified Drill Conductor Course

North Pacific Fisheries Observer Training Center
707 A Street, Suite 207
Taught by the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA), this practical, hands-on course meets the USCG safety training requirements for commercial fishermen operating documented vessels beyond the Boundary Line. Everyone who successfully completes this course is issued a Drill Conductor Card that serves as proof of compliance with USCG training requirements, and successful course completion also earns sea time toward licensure. A duplicate course will also be offered on December 10. To register, visit

Also Available at Nearby Locations

Dec. 10

USCG Drill Instructor Safety Course

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association