I’m proud to current the Alaska Marine Conservation Council 2018 Impact Report to you. This temporary report highlights our work from the previous yr—successes we could not have completed with out you.
Our efforts are simple—to guard the integrity of Alaska’s marine ecosystems and promote thriving coastal communities. Increasingly, the challenges we face to realize this mission are extremely complicated, requiring complete options that contain intense interaction in numerous communities.
AMCC has remained targeted, with work via two key program areas: Fisheries & Marine Life Conservation and Working Waterfronts. Our fisheries conservation work engages in the North Pacific Fishery Management Council process and 2018 was highlighted with the adoption of the Bering Sea Fishery Ecosystem Plan. Our Working Waterfronts packages interact fishing households and coastal residents and businesses via our Alaska Fishermen’s Community with over 700 members. This community helps us convey a shared voice to local, state, and federal points together with the Young Fishermen’s Improvement Act and the potential reauthorization of the Magnuson Stevens Act (MSA).
Lastly, our Catch 49 sustainable seafood enterprise has introduced high quality Alaskan seafood to Alaskans, creating extra opportunities for small-scale fishermen and offering a gentle supply of local seafood. This program continues to increase the species it sources, as well as the communities, served.
However we can’t and do not accomplish our work alone…fishermen and coastal residents are confronted with rapidly altering oceans and fisheries coverage and it is your help that permits AMCC to know and tackle these dramatic modifications.
We are grateful to you—our members, partners, and allies—across Alaska and the Decrease 48. Thanks again for all your help.
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- 1 Sustaining Working Waterfronts:Alaska Fisherman’s Community Member Highlight
- 2 Catch 49:Our Group Supported Fishery
- 3 AMCC Member Highlight:Meet Our Devoted Supporters
- 4 A Thank You to Our Board Members
- 5 Thank You, Valued Members and Companions!
Conserving Fisheries & Marine Life:
Crucial Effort to Shield the Bering Sea Advances
The Bering Sea encompasses over 770,000 square miles of productive marine waters within the North Pacific Ocean. More than 50 coastal communities in the region depend upon their assets to sustain their way of life. Countless fishermen from round Alaska and the Decrease 48 rely on it for his or her livelihoods. But the Bering Sea—and all who depend on it remaining healthy—are at great danger of its unparalleled wild fisheries being depleted due in large part to a quickly warming local weather that is accelerating the lack of sea ice and ocean acidification. These are unprecedented challenges requiring complete solutions.
A method AMCC accomplishes its mission is by working with our companions and allies to advance policies at the regional and federal ranges that promote the health and resilience of Alaska’s fisheries and marine ecosystems. One among AMCC’s highest priorities in recent times has been to advance a Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) for the Bering Sea to guard its wild fisheries, ecosystems, and communities. AFEP serves to strengthen fisheries and ecosystem management in marine environments controlled by the Federal Authorities.
Some of the vital achievements of 2018 occurred in December when the Bering Sea Fishery Ecosystem Plan (BS FEP) was adopted by the North Pacific Fishery Administration Council (NPFMC). This important doc guides Ecosystem-Based mostly Fisheries Administration for these waters—a strategy to handle fisheries that considers how all items of an ecosystem work collectively.
AMCC employees member Theresa Peterson serves as co-chair to the Ecosystem Committee (EC) which advises the NPFMC on ecosystem related matters. The EC offered in depth input toward the development of the BS FEP over many conferences and a few years; most of their recommendations have been accepted. Theresa conveys the significance of the plan:
“The Eastern Bering Sea is an amazing ecosystem experiencing change at an unforeseen rate. The region has provided sustenance to those living adjacent to its waters for thousands of years and the knowledge embodied in the Native culture provides insight beyond Western science. The BS FEP provides guidance for the NPFMC to better utilize all information sources and paves the way for a comprehensive approach to fisheries management.”
AMCC is proud to have influenced the ultimate plan and will work to be part of the subsequent part—creating “Action Modules” to guage the consequences of climate change on the Bering Sea and create protocols for incorporating Conventional Information into decision-making.
Longtime employees member Theresa Peterson was promoted to Fisheries Coverage Director in 2018. Theresa, a business fisherman from Kodiak, continues to be meaningfully involved with the North Pacific Fishery Administration Council.
AMCC bid farewell to Working Waterfronts Director, Rachel Donkersloot, in 2019. Rachel was a lead on the award-winning Graying of the Fleet research undertaking, which made an incredible influence on Alaska’s coastal communities. We’re thrilled she is staying related to the group as a advisor.
Sustaining Working Waterfronts:
Alaska Fisherman’s Community Member Highlight
JJ Larson, Captain of F/V Lucille D Dillingham, Alaska
JJ Larson is from Dillingham, a fishing group in Southwest Alaska, and from an extended line of fishermen. His mom captained her own boat and his grandma was a set netter. JJ is the third era of his household to captain the Lucille D, which was named for his aunt. It was originally owned and captained by his grandfather, then his dad. At present, after nine years at the helm, JJ is shopping for it from his grandmother. The Lucille D is more than a fishing boat to JJ, it represents a way of life he is proud to carry on, and ultimately share together with his son.
JJ joined the Alaska Fishermen’s Network (AKFN) in 2018. Now over 747 members robust, AMCC started the AKFN in 2013 to empower the subsequent era of fishermen to turn into effective advocates for Alaska’s wild fisheries, coastal communities, and conservation. By way of such rules as mentorship, stewardship, and accountability, the AKFN creates alternatives for younger and rising fishermen to develop expertise and connections, construct resilient businesses, and be constructive members of their communities—all issues JJ values.
“Through the AKFN, I have an opportunity to network as well as learn more about the business side of fishing—like the different policies and regulations that affect it, finances, and more. A lot goes into being the captain of a boat. You can be a great fisherman, but without an understanding of the business, you are less likely to succeed.”
AMCC was lucky to have JJ journey to D.C. with employees just lately to advocate for the Younger Fishermen’s Improvement Act. They attend- ed 22 meetings in three days to garner help for creating the primary federal program to help workforce improvement for young fishermen. JJ’s management and perspective have been invaluable, and the trip had an impression on him too. “It was empowering to see firsthand where and how the laws that affect my ‘little corner of the world’ are made and gave me greater confidence to advocate for the future of our fisheries and my community.”
Jamie O’Connor started as AMCC’s Fishing Group Organizer in 2018 and was lately promoted to Working Waterfronts Program Manager and Coverage Analyst. A lifelong Alaskan and business fisherman from Dillingham, she has since put down roots in Homer. Jamie participated in AMCC’s firstclass of Younger Fishing Fellows in 2017—an effort she is now proud to coordinate along with the Alaska Fishermen’s Community.
Our Group Supported Fishery
2018 marked seven years since AMCC launched its sustainable seafood enterprise, lately rebranded as Catch 49, in an effort to help coastal communities thrive by creating a direct market for their livelihoods. Yearly the program will get stronger and last yr was no exception.
- Elevated the entire kilos of seafood bought over the prior yr, and the variety of households served to greater than 750.
- Secured two main wholesale shoppers—North Star Quality Meats and Princess-Holland America Lodges—every of which has the potential to significantly improve Catch 49’s output and amplify our message to a broader viewers.
- Created branded seafood labels reinforcing the traceability of every species bought, which helps to strengthen our message that understanding your fisherman ensures the very best high quality, healthiest, most sustainable seafood out there.
In 2018, we developed new relationships thereby buying coho salmon from two younger fishermen, Tyee Lohse, and Hayley Hoover, and by utilizing a fisherman-owned local processor, 60° North Seafoods, for our first-ever fall coho salmon providing. By purchasing seafood instantly and processing it at native amenities, AMCC helps maintain income in coastal communities, which in flip supports other native companies including artists, transporters, and extra, additional expanding our impression.
Katy Rexford joined AMCC as Director of Catch 49 in July 2018. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Vassar School and served for eight years as a Program Director for the California League of Conservation Voters. Between 2011 and 2018, Katy cut up her time between Alaska and Hawaii, founding and operating a music schooling enterprise in Hawaii and educating music in rural Alaska. She moved to Alaska full-time in 2017.
AMCC Member Highlight:
Meet Our Devoted Supporters
Longtime AMCC member Vicki Clark just lately accomplished her last time period on AMCC’s Board of Directors, including one yr as Chair. We’re grateful to Vicki for the experience she delivered to the board and for her dedication to our mission. We asked her lately why she values AMCC. Here is what she had to say…in her personal words.
What inspired you to turn out to be an AMCC member?
I needed to be Jacqueline Cousteau and went to high school for marine biology. I obtained the degree but determined to go on to follow environmental regulation, considering I might make a much bigger distinction defending habitat and clean water that approach. At this time I serve as government director for Trustees for Alaska but I really like the marine surroundings and was missing that connection. I do know the good work AMCC does—in reality, I did authorized research on Particular person Fishing Quotas for AMCC once I was an intern at Trustees again in 1994. Figuring out something about organizational governance, in 2013, I joined the board, which was an excellent place to use my expertise and feed my want to help.
Why do you assume AMCC’s work is necessary?
Humans are mismanaging our fisheries assets around the globe. It is so necessary to have well-informed and devoted advocates to work to protect those assets, and AMCC has superb members and dedicated employees to do it!
What would you inform someone to encourage them to develop into a member at this time?
In case you care at all about clean water, healthy oceans, and fish on your desk, AMCC is likely one of the greatest investments you can also make to protect what you care about.
A Thank You to Our Board Members
- Brian Delay, Chair, Juneau
- Dave Theriault, 1st Vice Chair, Anchorage
- Marissa Wilson, 2nd Vice Chair, Homer
- Melanie Brown, Bristol Bay and Juneau
- Pam Hamre, Anchorage
- Ryan Horwath, Kodiak
- Darius Kasprzak, Kodiak
- Josh Wisniewski
AMCC is completely satisfied to welcome two new members to our board of directors: Melanie Brown of Juneau and Josh Wisniewski of Seldovia. Melanie works as an Organizer for Salmon State and business fishes for salmon in Bristol Bay. Josh is a small-scale business harvester, a subsistence fisherman, and an anthropologist.
We give heartfelt because of outgoing board members Vicki Clark and Ellen Tyler. We’re grateful for their years of service to AMCC and their steadfast dedication to the mission.
Thank You, Valued Members and Companions!
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