University of Alaska seeks fishermen's input on workforce development plan

Fishermen asked to complete short survey



NR: SG-2013/NB046

Fairbanks, Alaska—The University of Alaska is spearheading an effort to gather information related to the needs of the commercial fishing sector. The group charged with fulfilling these educational needs is the Fisheries, Seafood and Maritime Initiative (FSMI) Industry Advisory Committee.

This advisory committee recognizes the need to create an industry-driven workforce development plan for the Alaska's fisheries, seafood and maritime industries.

For fisheries, this short and simple survey—

Fisheries, Seafood, Maritime Initiative: Fishermen Occupational Survey

is intended to gather suggestions and information on (1) skills currently needed in fishing, (2) what certificates (if any) are needed, (3) what are important areas to include in a Commercial Fishing Workforce Development Plan, and (4) what skills will be needed in this sector in the future.

This plan will help guide the actions, support and funding of the Alaska Department of Labor, as well as University of Alaska efforts.

To learn more, please visit the UA Fisheries, Seafood and Maritime Initiative website.

If you have any question or comments, please contact FSMI co-chairs: Paula Cullenberg Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, 907-274-9692,; or Fred Villa, UA Workforce Development, 907-843-1996,

The Alaska Sea Grant College Program is a statewide marine research, education, communication, and extension service at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Alaska Sea Grant is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in partnership with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and private industry.

The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program is a statewide university extension and technical assistance program that helps Alaskans wisely use, conserve, and enjoy Alaska's marine and coastal resources.