Agenda

Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit

December 10–12, 2013, Marriott Hotel Downtown, Anchorage

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Tuesday, December 10

7:45 – 8:30 am

BREAKFAST

8:30 – 9:00 am

Welcome and Introductions

Paula Cullenberg, Alaska Sea Grant

9:00 – 9:45 am

Keynote Address and Q&A

Robert Heyano, F/V Lady Mindy, Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association

The Business of Fishing

9:45– 9:55 am

Introduction to the Business of Fishing

Julie Matweyou, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program

9:55– 10:35 am

Bookkeeping and Taxes

Bruce Gabrys, F/V Blue Chip II, Certified Public Accountant

10:35 – 10:50 am

BREAK

10:50 – 11:20 am

What a Lender Looks for in a Borrower

Lea Klingert, Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank

11:20 – 11:40 am

Insurance Tools to Reduce Risk

Chris Trainer, Chinook Insurance Group

11:40 am – 12:00 pm

General Q&A with Business Speakers

12:00 – 12:30 pm

Speed Panel: Borrowing Options

12:30 – 1:30 pm

LUNCH

Alaska Seafood Markets at Home and Abroad

1:30 – 2:40 pm

Understanding Alaska Seafood Markets

  • Quentin Fong, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program
  • Ken Kimble, Costco Wholesale
  • Kate Consenstein, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
  • Pete Granger, Washington Sea Grant, Lummi Island Wild Salmon
2:40 – 3:00 pm

Q&A with Marketing Speakers

3:00 – 3:15 pm

BREAK

Science and Management of Alaska’s Fisheries

3:15 – 3:45 pm

Introduction to Alaska Fisheries Management

Dan Hull, F/V Gretchen S, North Pacific Fishery Management Council

3:45 – 5:30 pm

Field Trip: ADFG Regional Headquarters, Genetics Lab orientation and tour

Judy Berger, Chris Habicht, and Bill Templin, Alaska Department of Fish and Game

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Reception for Participants and Speakers

Snow City Café, 1034 W 4th Avenue

Opening remarks: Erin Harrington, The Salmon Project

Wednesday, December 11

7:45 – 8:30 am

BREAKFAST

Science and Management of Alaska’s Fisheries (continued)

8:30 – 9:00 am

Getting off the Back Deck: On the Importance of Getting Involved

Dave Kubiak, F/V Mythos

9:00 – 9:45 am

Making Public Testimony Count

Barclay Kopchak, Prince William Sound Community College

9:45 – 10:00 am

BREAK

10:00 – 10:15 am

Introduction to the Board of Fisheries Process

John Hilsinger, Alaska Department of Fish and Game (retired)

10:15 am – 12:30 pm

Mock Board of Fisheries Activity

  • Tommy Sheridan, ADFG, Prince William Sound
  • Paul Salomone, ADFG, Bristol Bay
  • Joe Stratman, ADFG, Petersburg
12:30 – 1:30 pm

LUNCH

1:30 – 2:00 pm

Halibut Management in Alaska

Bruce Leaman, International Pacific Halibut Commission

2:00 – 2:30 pm

Fish Smarter, Last Longer: Ergonomics of Fishing

Jerry Dzugan, Alaska Marine Safety Education Association

2:30 – 2:45 pm

BREAK

Putting It All Together: Taking the Helm of Alaska’s Fishing Industry

2:45 – 3:15 pm

AYFS Alumni Talk about Modern Alaska Fishing Operations

  • Megan Spurkland, F/V Centurion
  • Stephen Rhoads, F/V Magia
  • Kit Durnil, Resurrection Bay Seafoods
  • Malcom Milne, F/V Captain Cook
3:15 – 4:15 pm

Small Group Strategy Sessions

4:15 – 5:00 pm

Report back on strategy sessions and group discussion

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Reception for Participants, Speakers, and Fishing Industry Representatives

Snow Goose Restaurant, 717 W 3rd Avenue

Thursday, December 12

8:00 – 8:30 am

BREAKFAST

Concurrent sessions

8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Track 1: Managing Your Fishing Business

Taxes, accounting, debt load management? Sound familiar? Several vital topics to understanding business decision making will be on deck in this session. Work with veteran fishermen and financial advisors to analyze your future business plans as well as your current operation. Bring a calculator!

  • Bruce Gabrys, F/V Blue Chip II, Certified Public Accountant
  • Chris Trainer, Chinook Insurance Group
  • Stosh Anderson, F/V Kestrel
  • Jim Hubbard, F/V Kruzof
  • Aimee Crocker, Enroll Alaska
  • Lea Klingert, Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank
  • Casey Campbell, Wells Fargo

Track 2: The Science behind Fisheries Management: From Stock Assessment to Harvest

Using salmon, halibut and groundfish such as Pacific cod as examples, speakers will summarize how biologists count fish, determine their reproductive potential and set an allowable catch limit. Tools that fisheries managers use to reach the allowable catch and the pros and cons of each will be covered. Challenges to fisheries management in the future will include climate change, ocean acidification, regime shifts, etc. Finally, the last part of the morning will be dedicated just to your questions and answers.

  • Gary Freitag, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program
  • Bert Lewis, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Bruce Leaman, International Pacific Halibut Commission
  • TBA, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center
12:00 – 1:00 pm

LUNCH

1:00 – 4:30 pm

Track 1: Direct Marketing Your Catch

More fishermen are considering direct marketing to consumers and retailers and restaurants, but this presents numerous challenges and requires that fishermen become proficient in quality control, processing, handling, storing and marketing. This session will provide an overview of all those issues for fishermen who want to enhance their direct marketing operation or are thinking about starting one. Experts and direct marketers will be speaking.

  • Pete Granger, Washington Sea Grant and Lummi Island Wild LLC
  • Bill Webber, F/V Paradigm Shift, Gulkana Seafoods Direct
  • Mike Gentry, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Alex Oliveira, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program

Track 2: The North Pacific Fishery Management Council

Learn the ins and outs of our federal fisheries management process, which directs the harvest of groundfish, crab, halibut, blackcod, and other species over the million square miles of fishing grounds off Alaska. Participants will visit the Council meetings in progress, and meet with a panel of Council process veterans.

  • Keith Criddle, UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
  • Denby Lloyd, North Pacific Research Board
  • Panel of North Pacific Fishery Management Council experts
4:45 – 5:15 pm

Reconvene: Wrap-up and evaluations

Additional training in Anchorage (optional)

Friday, December 13, 9 am – 2 pm

 

American Red Cross Adult First Aid/CPR/AED class

UAA Continuing Education Department
Cost for AYFS participants (register online): $40.50

Saturday, December 14, 8 am – 5 pm, and Sunday, December 15, 9 am – 2 pm

 

12-hour USCG Certified Emergency Drill Conductor Course with Pool Session

UAA Continuing Education Department
Cost for AYFS participants (register online): $170.10

Register online at http://register.asapconnected.com/Courses.aspx?CourseGroupID=9649
5% discount for AYFS participants (enter the code SUMMIT10); discounts subtracted automatically. Class sizes are limited. More information: (907) 786-6790 or continuinged@uaa.alaska.edu