Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit

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Corporate sponsors, please contact Teresa Thompson, Development Officer, 907-474-1867 or by email.

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The Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit (AYFS), a nationally recognized event, helps new commercial fishermen gain skills to effectively run a successful business, and gives them the opportunity to develop professional networks.

The sixth summit will be held in January 2016. To date, more than 360 fishermen and crew from 45 ports throughout Alaska have attended AYFS.

Why donations are so helpful

Our participants are just starting in their businesses and often have to travel to the event, so we keep the registration fees artificially low. Your donations help subsidize their participation.

For this reason, contributions like yours are well-acknowledged in printed conference materials, our conference website, and our Facebook page. Gifts are tax-deductible, and donors can opt out of further contact from the university if desired.

What fishermen say about the summit

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“It gave me a great perspective on my future, and what I need to do to get to where I want to be as an Alaska fisherman.” —Molly Larsen, salmon gillnet crewmember, Homer

“It was an incredible summit, one that many of us can’t stop discussing. Thank you again for exposing us to so many incredible resources.” —Tracey Nuzzi, captain, F/V Good Tide, Cordova

“Incredible panels with a lot of experience and willingness to help us with any issue we needed to discuss.” —Christopher Durnil, F/V Kruzof, longline crew, Seward

“The real important part is the network of young fishermen from around the state, and they also get to meet decision makers from the Board of Fish and North Pacific Fishery Management Council.” —Eric Jordan, steering committee member, Sitka

For more information

Sunny Rice, Marine Advisory Program Petersburg, sunny.rice@alaska.edu, 907-772-3381

Torie Baker, Marine Advisory Program Cordov, torie.baker@alaska.edu, 907-424-7542

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