Alaska Sea Grant to help Gulf Coast fishermen

Book, video proceeds will aid hurricane-ravaged seafood industry

10 November 2005

Contact: Kathy Kurtenbach, sales and marketing coordinator, 907-474-7476, k.kurtenbach@uaf.edu, profile http://seagrant.uaf.edu/staff/kurtenbach.html

NR: SG-2005/NR226


Fairbanks, Alaska—Alaska Sea Grant, publisher of books and videos about Alaska's marine resources for fishermen, teachers, and scientists, will donate a percentage of earnings to U.S. Gulf Coast fishermen affected by hurricanes in 2005.

Ten percent of sales from November 1, 2005, to April 30, 2006, will be given to the Alaska Fishing Industry Relief Mission, Inc. (AFIRM), a nonprofit charity established by Alaska seafood harvesters and processors, seafood transportation companies, and the seafood banking industry, in the wake of the Gulf Coast disasters. Alaska Sea Grant's donation is projected to be about $3,000.

"Alaska and the Gulf Coast are the two most productive sources of wild seafood in the U.S.," said Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, AFIRM honorary chair. "We have much more in common than in competition. We believe that anything that weakens the domestic seafood industry weakens the economic and social fabric of both our regions."

Alaska Sea Grant is a state-federal marine research, education, and advisory program based at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

"We help Alaska fishermen through research, workplace training, education, and outreach," said Brian Allee, Alaska Sea Grant director. "It's appropriate that we reach out and help fishermen elsewhere who may be having a difficult time."

The program produces numerous publications, videos, and posters for use by fishermen, tourists, teachers, students, and others interested in marine resources. Sales proceeds are funneled back into the production of educational materials aimed at helping Alaskans understand, conserve, and wisely use the state's marine resources.

Alaska Sea Grant is well-known for publications such as the award-winning Guide to Marine Mammals of Alaska, and Guide to Northeast Pacific Rockfish, both popular among fishermen, wildlife viewers, and others. The mammal guide is now in its third printing, with 25,000 copies sold since 1992.

In all, Alaska Sea Grant has some 200 book and video titles. For more about how to purchase Alaska Sea Grant products, visit our bookstore.