Registration opens for 2020 Young Fishermen’s Summit

Reid Williams, 18, on his father’s boat, the F/V Pelagic on Aug. 15, 2019. Williams was awarded a $2,000 scholarship by Cordova District Fishermen United. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times
Reid Williams, 18, on his father’s boat, the F/V Pelagic. (Aug. 15, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Alaska Sea Grant’s Marine Advisory Program has begun taking reservations for its eighth Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit, set for Jan. 21-23 in Juneau.

The focus of the summit is three days of intensive training to help young people new to commercial fisheries to build their leadership and networking capacity. The program will feature industry leaders offering insights on fishing business management, the federal and state fisheries management process and the role of Alaska seafood in the global marketplace.

This year’s summit is timed to coincide with the start of the Alaska Legislative session in Juneau.

The registration fee is $150 through Jan. 7, and $175 after that date. The online registration form can be found at http://seagrant.uaf.edu/events/ssl/register.php?id=366.

Sea Grant officials said the program and agenda will be posted soon.

Summit participants are responsible for finding their own lodging for the summit, and given that it’s the legislative season, those planning to attend are encouraged to find housing soon. Options include a block of rooms at the Baranof Hotel by Sea Grant. Access this option online at bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.02019.html?groupId=3A9KI8S2.

Those making reservations by phone should reference the group name “Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit – UAF.”