Fall Fishermen’s EXPO will provide education opportunities

Fishing vessels near Cordova Harbor. (May 12, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Efforts to provide resources and education opportunities for commercial fisheries are the goal of the 2021 Fall Fishermen’s EXPO Nov. 8-9, hosted by the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association and the Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust.

All EXPO workshops and presentations will be offered virtually as a health precaution, due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.

Commercial and subsistence harvesters of all gear types may attend free interactive classes

on Nobeltec Timezero Pro training on marine software, current groundfish pot gear regulations and updates, and body ergonomics of fishing.

Also on the agenda are North Pacific Fishery Management Council updates on halibut bycatch and halibut catch sharing plans, fuel efficiency and ALFA’s involvement with the Energy Transitions Initiative partnership Project, U.S. Coast Guard Top 3 Dockside Deficiencies, climate change and ocean acidification effects on fish stocks, an overview of Alaska Sea Grant and ALFA programs available for beginning fishermen, carbon pricing and more.

Raffle prizes are being offered for participants in these sessions.

All presentations will include time for questions and will be available to the public after the event.

Registration is available at www.alfafish.org. More information is available online or by calling 907-738-1268.