Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit II

December 10–12 • Sheraton Anchorage

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Monday, December 10, 2007 - Anchorage Hilton Hotel

(a shuttle from the Sheraton to the Hilton will be provided)

8:00 a.m.

North Pacific Fishery Management Council Meeting

Anchorage Hilton—AYFS participants encouraged to attend

6:00 p.m.

Registration and Opening Reception

Registration and joint AYFS/NPFMC reception

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - Sheraton Hotel

7:30 – 8:00 am

Late Registration and Coffee


8:00 – 8:30 am

Welcome and Introductions

Paula Cullenberg, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program Leader

8:30– 9:10 am

Keynote Addresses

Robin Samuelsen, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation

Arne Fuglvog, Natural Resources and Fisheries Assistant to Sen. Lisa Murkowski


9:10– 9:15 am Five Minute Safety Break

Session I: Understanding Alaska’s Role In The World Marketplace And The Importance Of Product Quality

9:15 - 9:45 am

Alaska Seafood in the Global Marketplace

Dr. Jim Anderson, University of Rhode Island

9:45 - 10:45 am

Seafood Markets Panel

Chris McDowell, McDowell Group

Buck Gibbons, Wildcatch, Inc.

Gunnar Knapp, University of Alaska Anchorage Institute of Social and Economic Research

Bill Barker, Leaping Salmon, Inc.

Roy Cunningham, Young's Seafood

10:45 - 11:00 am


11:00 - 11:30 pm

Chill Out: Controlling Quality Loss in Fish

Donald Kramer, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program

11:30 - 12:30 pm

Chilling and Freezing Onboard: The Key to a Quality Product

Stephen Grabacki, Graystar Pacific Seafood, Ltd.

Kate Mitchell, NOMAR

Doug Short, Integrated Marine Services

Greg Fisk, SeaFisk Consulting

12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch

Session II: Running your Fishing Operation as a Business

1:30 - 2:15 pm

Tracking Your Fishing Business

Bruce Gabrys, MBA, CPA, Mikunda, Cottrell & Co.
2:15 - 2:25 pm Ten-minute Safety Break
2:25 - 3:10 pm

Evaluating Fishing Business Opportunities

Glenn Haight, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program

3:10 - 3:35 pm

What a Lender Looks for in a Borrower

Lea Klingert, Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank

3:35 - 3:50 Break
3:50 - 4:05 pm

Managing Risk through Insurance

Peter Evich,  Coastal Marine Insurance Fund

4:05 - 4:20 pm

Managing Risk - Beyond Insurance

Jerry Dzugan, Alaska Marine Safety Education Association
4:20 - 5:00 pm

Q & A with Fishing Business Owners and Lenders

Rhonda Hubbard, F/V Kruzof, Inc.

Dave Loutrel, Wild Salmon Direct

Lee Klingert, Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank

Lujean Fedotov, Division of Investments

5:00 - 6:00 pm Break
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Informal Reception for Participants, AYFS Alumni and Speakers

Opening remarks by Cora Crome, Fisheries Policy Advisor to Gov. Sarah Palin

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - Sheraton Hotel

7:30 – 8:00 am Coffee

Session III: Understanding the State and Federal Regulatory Process

8:00 - 8:45 am

History of Fisheries Management, State/Federal Relations, and Introduction to Limited Entry in Alaska

Phil Smith, Smith Consulting, Juneau

8:45 - 9:30 am

Federal Regulatory System: Navigating the Council Process

Chris Oliver, Executive Director, North Pacific Fishery Management Council

Gerry Merrigan, NPFMC Member
9:30 - 10:25 am Ten-Minute Safety Break
9:40 - 10:25 am

State Regulatory System: Navigating the Board of Fisheries Process

Jim Marcotte, Executive Director, Alaska Board of Fisheries

John Jensen, Vice-Chair, Alaska Board of Fisheries

10:25 - 10:40 am Break
10:40 - 12:00 pm

Science, Fishermen, and Management Panel: Why Alaska’s Fisheries are the Healthiest in the World, and How We Can Keep it that Way

Jim Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, National Marine Fisheries Service

Jim Hubbard, F/V Kruzof

Jeff Regnart, Regional Supervisor, Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Dorothy Childers, Executive Director, Alaska Marine Conservation Council

Clarence Pautzke, Executive Director, North Pacific Research Board

Bruce Leaman, Executive Director, International Pacific Halibut Commission

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm

Public Speaking and Effective Advocacy

Barclay Kopchak, Prince William Sound Community College


2:00 - 2:30 pm

What it is to Be a Fisheries Leader: The Power of Associations

Deborah Lyons, United Fishermen of Alaska


2:30 - 3:30 pm

Small Group Strategy Sessions

3:30 - 4:30 pm

Q & A with Established Fishermen’s Panel

4:30 – 4:45 pm


Thursday, December 13, 2007 - Locations TBA

  Optional Fish-Related Training Opportunities - Advance Registration Required
8:00 - noon

Direct Marketing Basics

Learn how to obtain processing permits, source markets and manage your books from those who’ve been there in Alaska – sponsored by the Marine Advisory Program  - 

Questions/registration, call:907-465-8746 or e-mail:  $25

8:00 - 5:00 pm

USCG Drill Instructor Safety Course

Take your USCG fishing vessel drills safety course, and learn a lot more about vessel safety, cold water survival, helicopter evacuation procedures and life raft deployment –taught by the Alaska Marine Safety Association (AMSEA) –

Questions/registration, call: 907-747-3287  or e-mail:

Thanks in part to grant funding obtained by AMSEA, this course is currently provided at no charge for commercial fishermen