The Business of Fish offers fishermen a chance to hone skills without leaving home

Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program course offered online and on TV

8/3/2008

Contact: Glenn Haight, Fisheries Business Specialist, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, 907-796-6046, ffgeh1@uaf.edu, MAP profile

NR: SG-2008/NR278

Juneau, Alaska—Worldwide, the seafood business is no small fry.

Each year, more than $65 billion worth of seafood is harvested from the world's oceans and grown on high-tech farms. Alaska’s share of that fortune is about $2 billion, claimed mostly by large factory ships and trawlers that harvest pollock and other groundfish, and mom-and-pop fishermen who live in the state's many small coastal communities.

Helping Alaska's mom-and-pop commercial fishermen become more savvy about their business, and maybe claim a larger slice of the world seafood pie, is the aim of a new course, "The Business of Fish," being offered by the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The best part about the course: you won't need to leave home to take it.

The free class begins September 16 and is offered through the University of Alaska Television Network. There is no charge for the class and registration is not required. Most Alaskans can view UATV programming through their local cable network. The course also will be offered online. For more information or to take the class, go to http://seagrant.uaf.edu/map/workshops/2008/businessoffish/index.html.

The six-week course will cover the basics of business financial management: accounting, income tax, business organization, writing a business plan, financing, vessel and crew insurance, as well as state and federal fisheries regulations. Several subjects will feature guest lecturers.

A separate course on fishermen direct marketing will air beginning October 22. Instructors will cover practical considerations to seafood marketing such as regulations, marketing strategy, and financial management.

To learn more about these distance delivery courses, contact Glenn Haight, Fisheries Business Specialist, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, 907-796-6046, ffgeh1@uaf.edu, or visit Glenn's MAP profile page.