Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit Begins Dec. 5 in Anchorage

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The Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit (AYFS) gets underway at the Marriott Hotel in Anchorage on Dec. 5, with three days of intensive training and networking opportunities to train the next generation of commercial fisheries harvesters.

The event is organized by Alaska Sea Grant and includes presentations on a range of topics for those getting into the business of fisheries, from financing fishing vessels and business insurance, to marketing the catch and participating in the Alaska Board of Fisheries and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

The keynote address is to be delivered by veteran commercial fisherman Duncan Fields, owner of Shoreside Consulting in Kodiak, and a former North Pacific Fisheries Management Council member.

Alaska Sea Grant marketing specialist Quentin Fong and technology specialist Greg Smith, both of Kodiak, will be joined by Greg Smith of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and Simon Marks of McKinley Research Group in a discussion on Alaska seafood markets at home and abroad.

More first day training on the business of fishing will be offered by Alaska Sea Grant fisheries specialist Gabe Dunham, Chris Trainer of Chinook Insurance, Lea Klingert of the Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank, Jess Sarsfield of AgWest Farm Credit, and CPA Ryan Beason of Elgee-Rehfeld.

A discussion on the fisheries regulatory process is to be led by Sunny Rice of Petersburg and Tav Ammu of Dillingham, both marine advisory program agents with Alaska Sea Grant.

Instruction on the fisheries regulatory process is scheduled to continue on Dec. 6, with a discussion led by Fields, Glenn Haight of the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission, and Heather Bauscher of the Salmon Habitat Information Program.

Additional guidance on fisheries science and management, direct marketing and navigating federal and state fisheries boards will also be provided.

Event organizers said the complete final schedule for the event will be posted online at