Educational workshops and training for new and experienced fishermen will be on offer at a virtual midwinter Fishermen’s EXPO, hosted by the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association and the Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust.
The EXPO, gone virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be offered online so that fishermen from all over Alaska can attend. Tools and links to participate in the workshops are to be provided prior to the event.
Free interactive classes for commercial and subsistence fishermen of all gear types will include bathymetry mapping updates, loan and financing opportunities, techniques for dealing with sleep deprivation while fishing, fisheries policy and management updates, and more.
Workshops will be led by Daniel Joram from Nobeltec; Lela Klingert from Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank; Jerry Dzugan from Alaska Marine Safety Education Association; Misty Dorhn, loan officer from the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development; Linda Behnken, executive director of ALFA; and Jeff Farvour, ALFA board member and local fisherman.
Visit alfafish.org for a full schedule of events and to register.