Conference on the future of Alaska's fishing communities starts Thursday


Contact: Paula Cullenberg, Leader, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, 907-274-9692,, profile
NR: SG-2006/NR240

Anchorage, Alaska—Community leaders, seafood processors, fishermen and government representatives will meet September 21–22, 2006, at the Anchorage Hilton to discuss ways to build a sustainable fishing economy for coastal Alaska.

Alaska's Fishing Communities: Harvesting the Future is sponsored by the Alaska Sea Grant College Program and NOAA Fisheries.

The conference will feature two noteworthy speakers:

Chandrika SharmaChandrika Sharma, with the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers in Chennai, India, will speak about the sustainability of rural fishing communities in the global marketplace.

John KearneyJohn Kearney of Nova Scotia, Canada, will address how communities can plan community sustainability.

Both speakers will be available for media interviews at the conference.

A full agenda and more information about the conference can be found online.

A news release was issued September 6, 2006, about the conference.