Fishlines newsletter

Vol. 32, No. 1
January 2012

Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit

Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit

Marine Advisory agents Torie Baker and Sunny Rice are key organizers of the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit, to be held February 13-14, 2012, in Juneau. A highlight will be an interactive mock Board of Fisheries session, and Sam Cotten will be the keynote speaker. Cotten is on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, a commercial fisherman, and former Alaska legislator and speaker of the house.

This is the fourth AYFS. For the 2007 summit, new fishermen under 40 were encouraged to attend. This year fishermen who have made a commitment to a career in commercial fishing or leadership in the industry, with a few years experience, will gain the most from the summit. Fishermen will learn about business skills, Alaska seafood in the world market, and the regulatory process. A tour of the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and NOAA facilities near Juneau will round out a presentation on the science of management. In addition, the organizing committee is arranging for attendees to meet with Alaska legislators in their Juneau offices to learn more about the legislative process.

Optional activities on February 15 include a drill conductor course by the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association and a half-day workshop on commercial fishing business. Also available is training in how to participate on nonprofit boards, taught by the Foraker Group and paid for by Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank.

Scholarships to attend the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit are still available, and applications must be received by January 20. Please contact Sunny Rice.

Refrigeration Workshop Held in Kodiak

refrigeration workshop participants

Since 2005 the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program has partnered with Integrated Marine Systems to bring refrigeration training to Alaska ports, including Homer, Ketchikan, Sitka, and Anchorage. The most recent Marine Refrigeration Workshop was presented in Kodiak in November to 27 to fishermen and seafood processors.

Marine Advisory agents Julie Matweyou and Torie Baker coordinated the class, and Doug Cannon of IMS did the teaching. IMS is based in Port Townsend, Washington, and their technicians often visit Alaska ports to service refrigeration systems.

“The group was very excited about the class. All 24 who filled out the survey said they would recommend this class to other fishermen. They were happy to see technical training being offered and look forward to some other workshops,” said Matweyou.

Trainees engaged in five hours of classroom instruction, followed by hands-on training with a 2.5 ton stand-alone marine refrigeration unit. Built specifically for instruction, the unit is transported to port training sites, and adjustable components show the refrigeration mechanism and operation. The students learned the major components and the proper readings and settings for optimal performance, and then manipulated the controls of the training unit to demonstrate problems that can arise and how to trouble-shoot. Maintenance was key in the training as well.

Most of the trainees were fishermen who participate in diverse fisheries using a variety of gear types. Three refrigeration technicians and one processor also attended to refresh their skills and to network. All came away from the instruction better able to ensure that their onboard refrigeration units are running well, and to keep the seafood cold and fresh.

Ocean Acidification/Fisheries Roundtables

The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program and the Alaska Marine Conservation Council are sponsoring discussions on ocean acidification for residents in Dillingham and Kodiak. The sessions help inform Alaska fishermen, marine industries, and coastal residents about possible impacts of ocean acidification on ecosystems and livelihoods. Bob Foy, NOAA Fisheries, will speak at a roundtable on January 26 at the Kodiak Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, and Jeremy Mathis, UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences faculty member, gave a presentation in Dillingham earlier this month. For more information contact Rachel Donkersloot of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council.

Apply for the Knauss Fellowship

Knauss fellowship flyer

Alaska Sea Grant seeks exceptional students to apply for the 2013 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. To get the word out, we have produced a YouTube video with testimonials from former Knauss fellows. Watch the video on the Knauss fellowship web page.

Carl Rebstock is among ten Alaskans chosen as Knauss fellows since 1991. A retired colonel in the U.S. Army, Rebstock is the executive director of, a public education program devoted to seafood health and sustainability. He says his Knauss Fellowship was “like rocket fuel” for his career.

“Regardless of what direction you pursue—education, industry, policy, research, or some other field—this fellowship provides unparalleled exposure,” Rebstock said.

Each year, about 40 students nationwide are named Knauss Fellows. The fellowship is open to any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 17, 2012, is enrolled toward a degree in a graduate or professional program, with an interest in marine resources and national policy. The degree needs to be awarded through a U.S. accredited institution of higher education in the United States or territories. The application deadline is February 17, 2012. Alaska students must apply through Alaska Sea Grant, and anyone considering an application is encouraged to contact Alaska Sea Grant director David Christie at david.christie@alaska,edu as soon as possible.

Alaska’s Knauss Fellows have fared well in finding employment after their fellowships. Celeste Leroux (2009) is a private contractor working for NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration in Washington, D.C. Erin Steiner (2009) is an economist with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Seattle, Washington. Maryann Bozza (2009) is a program manager with the Hatfield Marine Science Center at Oregon State University. Seanbob Kelly (2008) is a fishery management specialist with NOAA Fisheries in Juneau. Erica Feller (1995) is senior advisor for North America Conservation at the Nature Conservancy in Virginia; she just completed a two-year assignment on ecosystem restoration as a member of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. William Robie (1992) is the executive assistant of the Hardware Lumber Manufacturers Association of Pennsylvania. Jill Brady (1991) is an economist with the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council. Shannon Evans (1991) is an attorney in Calgary, Alberta.

The overall award for 2013 Knauss fellows is $52,500. To learn more about the fellowship, see

New Alaska Sea Grant Publications

Coastal erosion book cover

Alaska Sea Grant published the book Responses to Coastal Erosion in Alaska in a Changing Climate: A Guide for Coastal Residents, Business and Resource Managers, Engineers, and Builders, by Orson P. Smith and Mikal K. Hendee. The well-illustrated book addresses the basics of coastal erosion along Alaska’s shoreline, and reviews response options available to residents and managers of coastal resources. Readers will find recommendations for land development that avoid active erosion and thus reduce the risk of loss, and choices for communities to prevent losses to coastal property and coastlines. Chapters cover Shoreline Processes, Alaska Coastal Settings, Coastal Erosion Response Options, Revetments and Seawalls, Beach Nourishment and Beach Groins, and Permitting Requirements.

Orson Smith, professor of civil engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage, has 38 years of coastal engineering experience in Alaska. Mikal Hendee is a professional engineer in Alaska whose experience includes designs for coastal erosion responses across the state. Hendee is an alumnus of the port and coastal engineering graduate program at UAA. A grant from Alaska Sea Grant funded Smith and Hendee to write the book. The 120 page book is available in printed and electronic formats.

Alaska Sea Grant published a new 2012 paper catalog of publications and videos [PDF; 6.3 MB], also available online. The catalogs will be among useful swag items available to attendees at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium January 16-20 in Anchorage.

Alaska Sea Grant and Alaska Cooperative Extension copublished three new booklets: 2012 Tide Tables for southeast, southcentral, and western Alaska. Appreciative users of the Alaska Sea Grant tide tables since 2006 include extension agents, subsistence hunters, harbormasters, NOAA researchers, and Prince William Sound Science Center scientists.

December 2011 Issue of Charter Log

Terry Johnson, editor of the Charter Log newsletter, compiled and wrote a new issue last month, including tips on halibut catch limits and conflicts, medical review standards, Juneau dude fishing, and high-ethanol fuel. Charter Log gives periodic updates to charter boat operators, fishing guides, and sport fishermen in Alaska.