Alaska Marine Conservation Council to Host a Tanner Crab Soiree

A Taste of Kodiak, a celebration of tanner crab, conservation and community based fishing opportunities in Alaska, is set for Monday, Jan. 23, at ORSO restaurant in Anchorage, hosted by the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and ORSO.

Along with the tasty menu of unique creations fresh crab, wines and other hors d’oeuvres harvested mostly in the Gulf of Alaska, guests will get to mingle with crab fishermen and learn more about the work of AMCC, a non-profit organization with a “boots on deck” approach to maintaining healthy fisheries and working waterfronts in Alaska.

The tanner crab soiree is part of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council’s Catch of the Season program, which aims to connect residents of the Anchorage area with the network of independent fishermen committed to stewardship of the marine resources that they depend on.

All proceeds from the soiree will go to AMCC’s working waterfronts program. AMCC officials said they hope this will be the first among many events to highlight locally caught sustainable seafood and community fishermen.

AMCC has worked for years with local Kodiak fishermen to protect the tanner crab habitat around Kodiak Island.

Earlier this year, AMCC offered subscriptions to tanner crab from Kodiak through its catch of the season project.

AMCC, founded in 1994, is a community-based organization dedicated to protecting the long-term health of Alaska’s oceans and sustaining the working waterfronts of coastal communities. Its membership includes fishermen, subsistence harvesters, marine scientists, small business owners, conservationists, families and others concerned about Alaska’s oceans. AMCC supports an ecosystem approach to research and marine resource management that incorporates the best science, experiential knowledge and the wisdom of tradition.