Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit

February 13–14, 2012 • St. Ann's Parish Hall, Juneau, Alaska

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Monday, February 13, 2012

7:30 - 8:30 am BREAKFAST- St. Ann's Parish Hall
8:30 – 9:00 am

Welcome and Introductions

Paula Cullenberg, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program

9:00 - 9:15 am

Welcome Comments

Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell

9:15 – 9:45 am

Keynote Address and Q&A

Sam Cotten, F/V Sea Maid

9:45 – 10:00 am BREAK
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Business of Fishing

Moderator: Quentin Fong, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program

Business of Fishing - A Banker's Perspective
Casey Campbell, Wells Fargo

Insurance Tools to Reduce Risk
Christopher Trainer, Chinook Insurance Group

Financial Record Keeping and Taxes
Bruce Gabrys, CPA, F/V Blue Chip II

12:00 – 1:00 pm LUNCH

Question and Answer Session with Business Speakers

1:00 - 1:45 pm

Alaska's Seafood Markets at Home and Abroad

Chris McDowell, McDowell Group, F/V Sumo

Heather Hardcastle, Taku River Reds

1:45 – 2:15 pm Safety Break
2:15 – 3:00 pm

Introduction to the History of Alaska Fisheries Management

Phil Smith, Smith Consulting, NOAA Fisheries (retired)

3:00 pm BREAK—load buses for field trip to Lena Pt. SFOS and NOAA Facilities: Integrating Science and Management
3:30 – 6:00 pm

The Role of Science in Fisheries Management

Gordon Kruse, UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

Climate Change, Ocean Acidification - What it Means to Alaska's Fisheries

Michael Sigler, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Informal Reception for speakers and participants—The Rookery Cafe

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

7:30 - 8:30 am BREAKFAST- St. Ann's Parish Hall
8:30 – 9:00 am

Where and how a young fisherman can get involved

Cora Campbell, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Fish and Game

9:00 – 9:45 am

Public Speaking Training: Making your Testimony Count

Barclay Kopchak, Prince William Sound Community College

9:45 – 10:00 am BREAK
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Mock Board of Fish Activity

Sue Aspelund, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Ed Dersham, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Forrest Bowers, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Eric Jordan, F/V I Gotta

12:00 – 1:00 pm LUNCH

Talk: Introduction to Federal management processes

Dave Benton, past chairman, North Pacific Fishery Management Council

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Small group discussion on participants' issues and report back to established fishermen

Eric Jordan, F/V I Gotta
Jim and Rhonda Hubbard, F/V Kruzof
Paula Cullenberg, Bristol Bay setnetter
Sam Cotten, F/V Sea Maid

2:00 - 2:15 pm BREAK
2:15 - 2:30 pm

Introduction to the Alaska Legislature

Erin Harrington, Staff to Rep. Alan Austerman

2:30 – 3:00 pm

The Alaska Legislature and the Fishing Industry

Rep. Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak, House Majority Leader
Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Klukwan, Co-Chair, House Finance Committee
Rep. Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, Member, House Finance Committee
Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, Co-Chair, House Resources Committee

3:00 - 5:00 pm

Legislative visits

5:00 – 7:00 pm

House Fisheries Committee Hearing

Public Hearing on HCR18, Alaska House Special Committee of Fisheries

7:00 – 9:00 pm

Reception with invited guests—The Hangar on the Wharf

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Optional Fish-Related Training Opportunities

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

USCG-Certified Drill Conductor Course

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association. This 10-hour practical, hands on course meets the USCG safety training requirements for commercial fishermen operating documented vessels operating beyond the Boundary Line.

Class is available at no charge for commercial fishermen, and space is limited. Advance registration is required. Call 907-747-3287 and on the web at

8:00 am - noon

Alaska Fishing Business Success: A Deeper Look

Join Bruce Gabrys CPA, MBA F/V Blue Chip, Jim Hubbard F/V Kruzof and Chris Trainer Chinook Insurance in a fast-paced workshop covering the four building blocks of a successful fishing business: fishing business risk assessment, insurance, recordkeeping, and taxes. This interactive format will be participant-driven - come ask questions about your operation and hear advice from successful established fishermen who've built their businesses from the deck up.

To register, contact:

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Nonprofit Boards: Understanding the Rules of the Road

Are you considering joining a fishing association, CDQ or hatchery board? Sponsored for AYFS attendees by the Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank, this half-day course covers questions to ask before joining a board, board member roles and responsibilities, how to effectively participate in the non-profit verse advocacy world – all within the context of boards commercial fishermen need to join to strengthen business and community ties.

To register, contact: