Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit

One of Haa Aaní’s initiatives is to focus its efforts reinvigorating fisheries through collaborative efforts addressing short- and long-term solutions aimed at overcoming obstacles and developing opportunities.  An immediate short-term opportunity available is the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit sponsored by Alaska Sea Grant.

Haa Aaní, LLC and Haa Aaní Community Development Fund are working collaboratively with partners such as Alaska Sea Grant, Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust, Department of Commerce Community and Economic Development and Alaska Marine Conservation Council to address commercial fisheries issues and potential solutions for our rural communities. One of the issues of concern is the generational gap that exists with permit holders.Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC) data shows that the average age of permit holders in 2013 was 49.7 years, up 10 years since 1980. Between 1980 and 2013, the number of Alaska residents under the age of 40 holding fishing permits fell from 38.5% to 17.3% of the total number of permits. 

Haa Aaní, LLC and Haa Aaní Community Development Fund recognize the importance of fisheries to our way of life in our rural communities.  One of Haa Aaní’s initiatives is to focus its efforts reinvigorating fisheries through collaborative efforts addressing short- and long-term solutions aimed at overcoming obstacles and developing opportunities.  An immediate short-term opportunity available is the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit sponsored by Alaska Sea Grant.  This is a 3-day Summit that will be hosted in Juneau January 27-29, 2016 and Haa Aaní encourages all young fishermen or those interested in fisheries to participate in this valuable event.  The goal is to help influence the next generation of fishermen to engage in fisheries through education and workforce development.  For more information or to register for this event, please go here.

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