Day 1—Thursday, September
|8:15 – 9:00 am
- Paula Cullenberg, Alaska Sea Grant, University of Alaska Fairbanks
- Doug Mecum, Acting Regional Administrator, Alaska Region, NOAA Fisheries
Keynote: Rural communities in a global marketplace—can fisheries
be a part of community sustainability?
- Chandrika Sharma, Executive Secretary of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers, Chennai, India
|9:00 – 10:30 am
The value of fish, fishing and seafood to your community
Moderator: Mark Fina, North Pacific Fishery Management Council
Economic multiplier—how do Alaska's coastal communities benefit from their local fishing and seafood industries?
Panel 1: State and federal management view
- Denby Lloyd, Director of Commercial Fisheries, Alaska Department
of Fish & Game
- Alan Austerman, Office of the Governor, and McDowell Group, Overview
of the Alaska Seafood Development Strategy.
- Stephanie Madsen, Chair, North Pacific Fishery Management Council
Panel 2: Local community view
- Bruce Jones, Petersburg City Manager
- Norm Wooten, Director, Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, and Chair, Kodiak
- Freddie Christiansen, Old Harbor/Gulf Coastal Communities Coalition
|10:30 – 10:45 am
|10:45 am – 12:15 pm
How are Alaska's fishing communities changing?
Moderator: Sue Aspelund, Alaska Department of Fish & Game
- Frank Homan, Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission, Permit
ownership, changes over time, demographics of those fishing.
- Dan Robinson, Alaska Department of Labor, Employment
in Alaska fisheries, changes over time in both seafood/fishing
values and incomes, changes to data collection.
- Synthesis of current research on cumulative impacts of fisheries management and lessons for the future.
- Marie Lowe, Institute of Social and Economic Research, University
of Alaska Anchorage, Social and economic
impacts of crab rationalization in the Aleutians East Borough.
- Courtney Carothers, University of Washington, Impacts
of halibut IFQs on Kodiak fishing villages and the potential
of community quotas.
- Steve Langdon, University of Alaska Anchorage, Community-based
fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska: Status and issues.
|12:15 – 1:30 pm
||Lunch (no host)
|1:30 – 3:00 pm
Defining your community's goals for fish/fishing/seafood
Moderator: Nicole Kimball, North Pacific Fishery Management Council
Speaker: John Kearney, John F. Kearney
& Associates, Nova Scotia,
for communities to use in defining goals.
Panel 4: Models for community organization
- Torie Baker, Cordova Fish Committee
- Fred Pike, Manager, Naknek/Bristol Bay Borough
- Jill Klein (or rep), Executive Director, Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association
|3:00 – 3:15 pm
|3:15 – 4:45 pm
Working group session—Community fishing goals
Break into small group sessions with a moderator to discuss the following issues:
- How is fishing valuable to your community? What other aspects
of the fishing industry are important to your community (i.e.,
charter, support industries, processing)?
- With respect to fishing-related industries, what are your
community's assets, needs, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities,
- What are your community's goals? How can those goals be developed
and shared within your community?
- How can collective goals for a community be balanced (or
coordinated) with individual residents' goals?
- Are you willing to change to reach those goals? Are you willing
to adapt goals to your community's strengths, weaknesses, threats,
- Are intergenerational transfers of assets, industries, and
access important, and if so, how can they be facilitated?
- Is some form of local management feasible in your community?
What kind of organizational group would represent the community?
||Wrap up groups and announce reception
|5:30 – 7:00 pm
Reception and poster session
No-host bar and appetizers
Day 2—Friday, September
|8:30 – 10:00 am
Working group reports
The spokesperson from each working group presents a brief summary (and/or PowerPoint presentation) of the working group issues or conclusions from Day 1.
|10:00 – 10:15 am
|10:15 am – 12:00 pm
Strategies for the next generation: Fishing as a long-term economic
source for Alaska's coastal communities
Moderator: Kris Norosz, Icicle Seafoods
How can a community encourage individual fishing families to pass on their business locally? How can a community provide the tools to enable young people to make a living from fishing, processing, guiding, or otherwise benefiting from local fish resources? Are young people interested in fishing and seafood businesses as a career choice? What types of fishing-related employment opportunities are available?
- Andy Ruby, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, Keeping
permits in your region—BBEDC operates a permit brokerage
service and makes loans to local residents to purchase permits.
- Eric Rosvold, Petersburg, and Al Burch, Kodiak, Graying of the fleet—community
impacts from asset transfers.
- Rachel Donkersloot, Ph.D. candidate, University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, Social change and the lifepaths
of young Alaskans.
- Linda Behnken, Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association, Designing
limited-access commercial fishery management programs.
|12:00 – 12:15 pm
||McKie Campbell, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
|12:15 – 1:15 pm
||Lunch (no host)
|1:15– 2:30 pm
Financial strategies for the future
Moderator: Chuck McCallum, Gulf of Alaska
Coastal Communities Coalition
What tax incentives and strategies can communities use to encourage fish processing? What loan programs are available for individuals or communities to purchase quota share or permits? How to manage a fishing business? How can communities invest in infrastructure to support fishery-related businesses?
- Lujean Fedotov, Alaska Department of Commerce, Community & Economic
Development, Division of Investments
- Glenn Haight, Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic
Development, Office of Fisheries Development
- Lela Klingert, President, Commercial Fishing and Agriculture
- PowerPoint presentation: CFAB (PDF; 296 KB)
- Bond Stewart, Southeast Alaska Business Banking Manager, Wells
Fargo Bank Alaska
|2:30 – 2:45 pm
|2:45 – 4:15 pm
Working group session—Strategies for the next generation:
Fishing as a long-term economic source
Break into small group sessions with a moderator to discuss the
- What types of fishing-related employment opportunities are
available in your community? How can you envision those opportunities
changing the future (both changes in magnitude and type of opportunities—i.e., more charter jobs, less commercial jobs, more concentrated
processing could lead to fewer management jobs but more line
- How can a community encourage fishing industry members to pass
on their business locally?
- Are young people interested in fishing and seafood businesses
as a career choice? How can young people obtain the tools to
make a living from fishing, processing, guiding, or otherwise
benefiting from local fish resources? What role can or should
a community play in this process?
- What tax incentives and development strategies can (and should)
communities use to encourage local participation in the fishing
industry (including infrastructure development)?
- What loan programs are available (or could be developed) for
individuals or communities to purchase quota share or permits?
- What resources are available (or could be made available) to
help an individual manage a business in the fishing industry?
|4:15– 5:00 pm
Wrap up and "open-mike" discussion
As a wrap-up to the conference, there will be an opportunity for attendees to comment
on their thoughts and observations from the meeting. Facilitated by Paula
Cullenberg, Alaska Sea Grant.