2016 Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit
Since coming to Alaska in the early 1980s, Buck Laukitis has crewed, fished, homesteaded and staged his fishing operations, Magic Fish Co., in the windswept Aleutians for decades. Area M has been his backyard for setnetting, seining and halibut longlining; he fished the F/V Lucky Dove and Stanley K for over 25 years and recently commissioned the 58-foot longliner/pot cod/tender vessel Oracle.
In 1990, he and his wife, Shelly, settled a remote homestead near False Pass, where they harnessed hydroelectric and wind for 99 percent of their power. Buck says it was “a great place to raise great kids.” The family moved to Homer full time last year.
Buck served on the False Pass Fish and Game Advisory Committee from 1990 to 1999 and was president of the North Pacific Fisheries Association from 2001 to 2013. He represented NPFA on the United Fisherman of Alaska board, the International Pacific Halibut Commission Conference Committee, and at North Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings.
As an early board member of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, Buck worked on the Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization in 1996. He is currently on the board of Seafood Harvesters of America and the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation.
Buck has fish scales behind his ears and hockey in his veins. He played college-level hockey, and coached Homer High School for several years, garnering repeat conference coaching awards. He currently coaches 50 women on the Homer Adult Diva’s community team.
The entire Laukitis family continues fishing, including a recently acquired son-in-law. His two daughters, Claire and Emma, own the online clothing business Salmon Sisters.