Workshop on fishing families set for Sept. 26

A fisherman arrives for a delivery at the 60° North Seafoods dock on Monday, May 28, 2018. (Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times)

A workshop focused on the fishing families involved in Alaska’s seafood industry is slated Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cordova Museum, within the Cordova Center.

The workshop will be the seventh in a series of such events hosted by Marysia Szymkowiak, a social scientist with the NOAA Fisheries Alaska Fisheries Science Center, to learn more about what issues are most important to fishing families.

Perspectives on fishing family dynamics that emerge from these workshops will inform the next phase of this research, Szymkowiak said. The purpose of the workshops is twofold, she said; to identify critical research gap areas that need further investigation, and to summarize major themes for fisheries managers to understand impacts of changing conditions on fishing families. Everyone with experience or knowledge of fishing family dynamics is welcome to participate.

Topics on the agenda include family roles and gender division of labor; the impact of management, environment, economic and social conditions on these roles; and the future of fishing families and women in Alaska’s fisheries.

For more information contact Szymkowiak at marysia.szymkowiak@noaa.gov