Veteran harvester to address Young Fishermen’s Summit

Fishing vessels docked in Cordova Harbor. (Jan. 2, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith

Veteran commercial harvester Theresa Peterson of Kodiak will be the keynote speaker at Alaska Sea Grant’s 2021 Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit, to be held virtually from Dec. 6-9.

Peterson, a salmon harvester and fisheries policy director for the Alaska Marine Conservation Council,

has also in years past has been fished for tanner crab, longlined for halibut and jigged for cod.

In her AMCC profile, Peterson notes that fishing is a family business for her, her husband Charlie and their three children.

She supports AMCC’s Working Waterfronts and Fisheries Conservation programs and is active in community fisheries on several levels.

She has served on numerous fishery boards, including the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

The event is designed to offer training, information and networking opportunities for commercial fishermen early in their careers. This year the focus will be on building capacity in the Alaska commercial fishing industry through four evenings of online training,

Registration for this year’s summit is open to active permit holders and crewmembers, as well as those seeking to become crewmembers. The cost $25 and is limited to 50 participants. Find the registration form online at